By Alan Collins
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Attorney General Troy King says he wants to sue BP over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. "It threatens to harm for a generation. We will be working for years to restore that which God has blessed our state," King said.
The attorney general is also upset over the delay in claims made against the oil company. King blasted Kenneth Feinberg, the Obama Administration appointee to oversee the distribution of the payments. King says Feinberg is trying to help BP by reducing those claims.
"I will not allow them to continue. I'm prepared to to take legal action if necessary to stop Mr. Feinberg from causing further harm to those already traumatized populace. Unless the president does so first."
In Montgomery, the attorney general briefed the gubernatorial candidates about the legal issues involving BP. "The message is clear. The work to hold those responsible does not know a political home or respect party lines," King said.
Both Bentley and Sparks support the lawsuit. "It's affecting all of us. It's affecting generations. I believe we need to do everything we can to restore normalcy back to that community," Sparks said.
The candidates understand the disaster in the gulf will affect businesses and the taxes they pay the state of Alabama."It's going to affect us when when we draft the education budget next year. It's going to be significant." said Bentley.
King has hired the Birmingham law firm of of Balch and Bingham. The firm will earn up to 14 percent of any money the state recoups. "To the culprit, here us loudly and clear. We will hold you responsible for this disaster." King said.
Governor Bob Riley has been at odds with King is out of the country and has not commented on the lawsuit.