Group seeks arguments over Alabama’s use of BP oil spill funds

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An environmental group has asked a judge to hear oral arguments in its lawsuit challenging Alabama’s plans to use oil spill settlement funds to build a 350-room beach hotel and conference center.

The Gulf Restoration Network filed the request earlier this month in federal court. The group asked for expedited arguments, citing Alabama’s continued work on the project.

The Louisiana-based group argues a hotel development isn’t a proper use of funds meant to restore the coast after the largest oil spill in United States history.

The state contends that the hotel and conference center, designed to handle gatherings of up to 1,500 people, will help bring people to the coast.

Alabama Conservation Commissioner Gunter Guy, a defendant in the case, opposed the request for oral arguments.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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