$45 million: BP finally settles with parish
In the face of widespread rumors about the parish settling with BP over the 2010 oil spill that resulted from the Deepwater Horizon explosion, officials within the administration confirmed Plaquemines Parish has been offered $45 million from the oil company.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity because terms of the settlement are confidential,
officials stated last week that BP will pay $25 million to Plaquemines in 2017, then $5 million per year for the next four years. Sources said about 15 percent of that money
could go toward legal fees accrued in the seven years since the oil spill.
“The reason I put it on the agenda is because I heard the numbers in the street before we were ever informed,” said District 5 council member Benny Rousselle, who declined
comment on the reported settlement figure.
Based on a number of items introduced at the council meeting to lift the parish’s hiring freeze for specific positions ,Rousselle did say he believes no BP money should be spent on recurring expenses such as payroll.