Although not yet a party to the pending litigation, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has stated that it expects to file a civil suit related to the Deepwater Horizon explosion under the Clean Water Act, the Oil Pollution Act and possibly several other statutes. To expedite their claims, the DOJ has asked the Deepwater Horizon MDL court to give special consideration to government and state plaintiffs by setting up a "government track" because only government entities can make claims for certain damages, such as the loss of natural resources, tax revenues or royalties.