Suits dismissed after Gulf states settle with Transocean over damages from 2010 Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS – A settlement has led to official dismissal of federal lawsuits filed by the five Gulf of Mexico states against the owner of the offshore drilling rig involved in BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (BAHR’-bih-aye) dismissed the suits Thursday against Transocean. Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas joined Transocean in requesting the dismissal recently.

Alabama is expected to receive $20 million from the settlement. Documents from the other states indicate Louisiana will get $4 million; Texas, $2 million; Florida, $5 million. Mississippi’s share hasn’t been released.

The Transocean settlements are far less than settlements announced earlier this year between rig operator BP and the states. That settlement, which also involved the U.S. Justice Department, is estimated to be worth more than $20 billion.