BP and ARCO Attempt to Avoid Tribal Court in Contamination Suit

Austin Tighe, who represents the tribe in the tribal court proceeding, said in a statement on Monday that his client intends to move to dismiss the federal lawsuit on sovereign immunity grounds and precedent that requires BP to exhaust jurisdictional arguments in the tribal court.

“Suing the tribe is consistent with how BP has acted from the beginning,” Tighe said. “They paid $19 million to the tribe’s non-Indian neighbors to settle these same environmental claims, and have given the tribe nothing”.

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