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Despite tourism increase, the environment still suffers after Gulf oil spill

Posted on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 at 12:37 pm by Williams Hart   

Tourism has increased in the Gulf Coast region, the site of the infamous Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, in the years after the devastating incident; however, there is still a long way to go in repairs to the wildlife, marine life, and other industries that call the region their home, reported on May 25.

A report released in the third week of May, for instance, confirmed the link between the spill and the large die off of the bottlenose dolphin population along the northern Gulf Coast. Oil can still be found on the sea floor and in spots along Louisiana’s coast.

As a related aside, attorneys for business and personal damages claimants have recently announced an agreement to a $211 million settlement with Transocean Ltd., the owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, whose failure caused the explosion of BP’s Macondo well.

Our attorneys at Williams Hart are committed to helping people who have been affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Contact us today by calling (713) 352-7071 if you need help filing a claim.

LA company begins drilling near site of 2010 BP oil blast

Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 12:21 pm by Williams Hart   

Drilling has begun anew just 3 miles from the site of the Macondo well explosion in 2010 that caused significant environmental and economic damage in the Gulf of Mexico, ABC News reported on May 13.

In April, federal regulators approved the plan of Louisiana-based LLOG Exploration Offshore LLC to drill for the same source of oil and natural gas.

BP, its contractors, and federal authorities struggled to contain the blowout that occurred at its Macondo well five years ago, and the full extend of long-term damage remains unknown. The worst-case scenario damage estimate for this new well exceeds the actual damage that occurred from the BP oil well explosion.

The attorneys at Williams Hart know that many people were negatively affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill caused by the BP-owned Macondo well explosion in 2010. Fortunately, there are still methods of legal recourse. If you suffered damages from this disaster, call our offices at (713) 352-7071 today to learn more about seeking compensation from those responsible or appealing your rejected claim.

Researchers examine crabs to learn about long-term oil spill effects

Posted on Monday, April 27th, 2015 at 1:01 pm by Williams Hart   

Aside from the death of 11 individuals, and aside from the more than 130 million gallons of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig additionally caused the deterioration of the Gulf of Mexico seafood industry–especially its crabs, CNN reported on April 21.

Although the industry itself has slowly begun to recover, researchers  at the Florida International University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette continue to study the crab population to learn more about how species are reacting to the oil. After the oil spill, researchers started noticing various changes with the crab population living within the gulf. For instance, the crabs look different, even possessing deformities that include lesions so massive, they would sever the creatures’ limbs.

The United States gets roughly 40% of its seafood from the Gulf of Mexico.

If you wish to file a claim against BP because your livelihood or personal life was affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, contact our attorneys at Williams Hart by calling our offices today at (713) 352-7071 today.

BP studies find no long term damage from massive oil spill

Posted on Monday, April 6th, 2015 at 12:05 pm by Williams Hart   

According to BP research, there will be no lasting environmental damage to the Gulf of Mexico in relation to the Macondo well explosion in 2010, the Advocate reported on March 17.

The conclusion reached by the report was that damage peaked directly after the incident, but species in the Gulf will not suffer long-term effects from the oil spill. This report was immediately rejected by several nonprofit organizations and state agencies.

Trustees of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program (DARRP), said BP made “inappropriate as well as premature” conclusions regarding the current status of the Gulf of Mexico.

The health of the gulf could determine the amount of penalties BP will be paying for violations under the Clean Water Act – which could be as high as $13.7 billion – and the natural resources damages it will have to pay following a separate process.

BP is adamant in its insistence that “misinformation persists about the recovery of the gulf.”

Our attorneys at Williams Hart know that many people suffered financial losses in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. To learn more about pursuing financial compensation from those responsible, call our offices at (713) 352-7071 today.

BP contests Barbier’s determination of oil spill size through appeal

Posted on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 at 10:52 am by Williams Hart   

London-based oil giant BP Plc appealed U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s finding that 3.19 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, making the company liable to pay the U.S. government an estimate of $13.7 billion in penalties under the Clean Water Act, the Insurance Journal reported on February 24.

The appeal was made after Barbier rejected BP’s attempt to lessen the maximum civil fine it is facing in connection with the oil spill. Barbier has yet to make an official decision regarding the total amount of penalties that BP will pay and he has yet to indicate when said decision will be made.

At present, around $42 billion of costs were estimated to be the amount of damage BP incurred for oil spill cleanup, fines and penalties from the government, and compensation for victims. Around 810,000 barrels of oil have already been collected through cleanup efforts.

BP claimed that Barbier’s ruling was “grossly negligent” and that the assertion during the first phase of the trial that BP’s actions led to the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Macondo well was faulty.

Our attorneys at Williams Hart represent those who have suffered damages as the result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and we may also be able to fight on your behalf for the funds you need to recover. Call our offices today at (713) 352-7071 for an initial case discussion with a member of our legal team.

Andarko argues in court that it should have less penalties

Posted on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 at 12:43 pm by Williams Hart   

The Woodlands, Texas-based oil and gas exploration company Andarko Petroleum Corp. said it should not be given federal Clean Water Act penalties for its participation in the explosion of the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico that led to the massive oil spill in the area in 2010, according to a February 2 article by the Associated Press.

The United States government said Andarko should pay more than $1 billion for its involvement in the spill.

Andarko said it should be given a lower fine, saying it was not directly involved with the Deepwater Horizon oil rig operations, whose explosion caused the death of 11 workers from oil company BP Plc and the spillage of oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days.

Our attorneys at Williams Hart may lend our legal help to those who want to file a BP oil spill claim. Get in touch with us by calling our offices today at (713) 352-7071.

Federal appeals court denies review of BP’s negligence ruling

Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 at 2:12 pm by Williams Hart   

The Fifth Circuit Court, a federal appeals court in New Orleans, denied London-based oil giant BP Plc’s request to review U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s 2014 ruling that BP and Andarko Petroleum Corp. were responsible for paying fines under the Clean Water Act after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in 2010, the Times-Picayune reported on January 12.

The appeal was struck down in a 7-6 vote. Barbier now has the duty to assess how much BP owes in total pollution fines. This determination is bound to be finalized during the third phase of the civil trial over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill starting January 20.

Barbier made an earlier decision in September 2014 that BP had been “grossly negligent” and deemed it responsible for one of the largest oil spills the country has ever experienced, tagging the company with around $18 billion in fines.

BP asked the court to set the cap for its fines at $3,000 per barrel of oil spilled in pre-trial filings.

If you are a worker, a resident, or a businessman whose life and livelihood has been affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, trust our attorneys at Williams Hart to help you fight for your interests and rights by filing an oil spill claim. Call us today at (713) 352-7071.

Oil spill clean up chemical possibly enhanced environmental hazards

Posted on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 at 1:28 pm by Williams Hart   

The chemical used to clean up the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill may have created additional environmental concerns, CBC News reported on December 29.

Research proved that the cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon incident may have been more harmful than the oil spill itself. Because of this, Shelburne County, Nova Scotia environmentalist and No Rigs Coalition founder John Davis is concerned about the use of this same chemical in Nova Scotia.

The cleanup used around 6.8 million liters of the chemical Corexit 9500A, which when mixed with crude oil, was discovered by some scientists to be 52 times more dangerous than oil alone to microscopic plankton-like organisms called rotifers.

The effects of the BP oil spill are prevalent and widespread today – people and businesses, as well as the environment, have all suffered. If you need legal assistance filing a claim related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, call the attorneys of Williams Hart at (713) 352-7071 today.

Award-winning documentary about BP oil spill released

Posted on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 12:27 pm by Williams Hart   

A new film about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that transpired when London-based oil giant BP’s Macondo well exploded in April 2010, called The Great Invisible, is currently showing in select cinemas in New York and Los Angeles, The Hollywood Reporter stated.

According to Peabody Award-winning director Margaret Brown, her documentary was done in a span of four years wherein she interviewed Deepwater Horizon crew members who survived the initial blast, local residents whose homes or businesses were affected by the spill, BP settlement lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, and BP’s executives and primary officials.

The Great Invisible premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize. It then got sponsored by distribution company Radius-TWC (Citizenfour, 20 Feet from Stardom), which has claimed it as an Oscars contender.

If you have suffered losses due to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, get in touch with our attorneys at Williams Hart, so we can help you file for financial compensation from BP. Call our offices today at (713) 352-7071 to set up an appointment with us.

Some Animals Still Feeling the Effects of Gulf Oil Spill

Posted on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 8:54 pm by Williams Hart   

Four years have passed since oil giant BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, causing the deaths of 11 of its workers and the spilling of around 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Aside from negative impacts on nearby states’ beaches, estuaries, commercial fishing industries, and other local businesses, the spill heavily impacted local wildlife. While some of the ecological effects of the oil spill have lessened or disappeared altogether, a number of animals are still suffering from the effects of the spill, including:

  • Brown Pelicans
  • Bottlenose Dolphins
  • Sea Turtles
  • Sperm Whales
  • Loons
  • Red Snapper
  • Oysters
  • Crabs
  • Whale Sharks
  • Tuna

Even years after the BP oil spill, the effects are still vividly felt, both in the environment and in the finances of Gulf Coast residents and businesses. If you suffered losses as a result of the BP spill, you may be eligible for compensation for these losses. To learn more about taking action, contact Williams Hart today by calling us at (800) 220-9341.

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