Judge: BP payouts to local entities to start soon for spill

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley speaks to the media after announcing a state settlement with BP for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, at the Capitol building in Montgomery, Alabama on July 2. BP and five Gulf states announced an $18.7 billion settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant’s oil spill in 2010. The settlement also involves Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. <br>AP

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley speaks to the media after announcing a state settlement with BP for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, at the Capitol building in Montgomery, Alabama on July 2. BP and five Gulf states announced an $18.7 billion settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant’s oil spill in 2010. The settlement also involves Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. AP NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge says BP will begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments […]