Panama City - Springfield City officials are deciding if they want the city to join others in Bay County in filing a claim with BP. Commissioners met with a legal team Wednesday that's representing most of the Bay County government claims for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
The law firm of Harrison, Sale, McCloy offered to file a claim for Springfield during public workshop Wednesday. They say it could be beneficial to the city, even if losses during the 2010 BP oil spill were minimal.
It's been more than two years since the biggest oil spill in American history, and people are still trying to settle claims against BP. Panama City Beach, Bay County, Panama City, Callaway, Bay Medical, Bay District Schools and other government agencies all hired the same legal team to file their claims. Now the City of Springfield is considering joining in.
"We've got to clarify what, if we did have a loss, what those losses were. Probably, more than anything it's going to be labor," Springfield Mayor Robert Walker said.
During Wednesday's public workshop, attorney Kevin Obos said Harrison, Sale, McCloy can help file Springfield's claim. The firm is part of a legal team headed by the Nix-Patterson firm based out of Dallas.
"Basically we have a team put together affiliating with different accountants, they'll come through here and do a model and see if there is anything for Springfield, and i know we looked and their may not be a lot of loss but it's not going to cost you guys anything," Obos said.
City officials will not pay legal fees. The firm will get a percentage of any settlement the city receives.
"If we do recover some money you know that's better than not getting anything at all. We're not saying we do have a loss or we don't have a loss., but it's just a matter of looking at it and seeing if we do," Walker said.
Springfield commissioners will decide about filing a claim at their next meeting on July 2nd.