For Immediate Release - June 21, 2010

AG Coakley Sends Letters to BP and Three Other Companies to Protect Massachusetts From the Potential Negative Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill

BOSTON - Today, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, joined by Attorneys General from ten Atlantic Coast states, sent letters to BP and three other companies as the first step to protect Massachusetts from the potential effects of the Gulf oil spill.

"The disastrous spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a tragedy for the residents and the coastal ecosystem of the Gulf Coast," said AG Coakley. "Although the chance of oil reaching our coasts is small, we are taking the necessary steps now to ensure that the interests of Massachusetts citizens, natural resources, and economy are not negatively impacted and protected."

In the letters, the Attorneys General asked BP, Transocean, Halliburton and Cameron to:

  • memorialize public commitments and provide assurances regarding payment of all legitimate claims stemming from the oil spill;
  • assign an individual to serve as point of contact to help ensure that each of the Attorneys General offices can quickly and effectively communicate with BP, Transocean, Halliburton, and Cameron;
  • preserve any and all documents, data compilations, including electronically recorded and stored data, tangible objects or other information relevant to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, the resulting oil spill that began on April 20, 2010, and the response and clean-up effort in any form in which they currently exist until further notice.

In addition to Attorney General Coakley, Attorneys General from the following states signed on to the letter: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island.