- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Harrison County is getting $2.45 million from BP as part of a group settlement of local government claims for economic losses caused by the 2010 BP oil spill.

Board of Supervisors President Connie Rockco tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/1HQZqXO ) that because the settlement is basically to reimburse lost tax revenue that followed the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the county’s settlement is less than the cities’ share because it doesn’t get sales tax revenue.

The $2.45 million for the county, plus the amount announced by the cities, pushes the total throughout in Harrison County to about $13.5 million.

Municipalities that have announced their settlements are: Biloxi, $4.9 million; D’Iberville, $948,027; Gulfport, $4.4 million; and Long Beach, $315,678.

The settlements are in addition to the $1.5 billion Mississippi will receive from BP.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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