Port, park board pursue claims for BP spill damage

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by Laura Elder/The Daily News

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Posted on May 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Updated Sunday, May 27 at 11:48 AM

GALVESTON, Texas — Port of Galveston and tourism officials last week hired attorneys to pursue claims against BP for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which they said might have hurt revenues at the public docks and kept visitors away as the federal government imposed a moratorium on deepwater drilling and tourists shunned beaches.

Meanwhile, the city of Galveston, which receives taxes from tourism, is contemplating hiring an attorney to also make a claim against BP but hasn’t yet.

The Wharves Board of Trustees, which governs the port, voted Monday to hire Stephen R. “Stretch” Lewis to represent it in oil spill claims. Lewis has an island law office.

To read more, visit the Galveston Daily News.

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