Contract will intensify ‘sunshine’ effort

In a political environment that was already hostile for Democratic Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, the veteran AG apparently decided to – as the old Holmes Brothers blues song intones – “run through Hell in gasoline drawers.”

To that end, Hood has hired his former boss and a former state Supreme Court justice to handle Mississippi’s claims against British Petroleum (BP) related to the 2010 explosion and fire on Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico that was leased to BP. Former Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore and former state Supreme Court Justice Rueben Anderson got the contract.

The 2010 offshore explosion and fire killed 11 (with Mississippians among the dead), injured others and results in an estimated 210 million barrels of oil being spilled into the Gulf of Mexico – making the event the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Mississippi suffered significant economic and environmental damages.