WTVA – Barbour asks Hood not to sue BP to see if claims process works

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) – Governor Haley Barbour asked Attorney General Jim Hood on Wednesday to refrain from filing suit against BP until the claims process and the Natural Resource Damage Assessment have a chance to work.

The governor told the attorney general in a letter the lawsuit may interrupt the payment of claims.

Barbour says such a move would not be in the best interests of the state, the seafood industry, or charter boat captains.

He says people and businesses with legitimate claims should be allowed to recover “their rightful damages.”