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Leon Schools Approve $1M Settlement With BP Over Oil Spill Damages

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The Leon County School Board will take up a proposed settlement with BP for damages related to the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. The settlement will mean the district can’t sue BP for more damages in the future.

In 2011, the Leon County School District joined a lawsuit with other districts to recoup losses stemming from the BP Oil Spill. According to Leon School’s spokesman, the district is claiming damages for additional students who came during and following the 2010 BP Oil Spill. Each local government involved in a lawsuit with BP must approve its own settlement.

The proposed Leon Schools settlement is similar to deals reached between the oil company and other local governments. City of Tallahassee recently approved a $2.6 million settlement.

Once a deal is agreeed upon, the Leon County School District must dismiss other claims against BP and its partners.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi recently announced the state agreed to a $3.2 billion settlement with the oil company.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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