Department of Justice issues biting criticism of BP’s actions

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) lambasted British Petroleum in a brief filed in the same court the oil giant is currently trying to settle civil claims brought against it after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.

BP is in the process of settling claims against it from Gulf coast fishermen and tourist destinations who lost a great deal of income as a result of the oil spill. The DOJ’s criticisms could be enough to cause the long-awaited settlement to be rejected in pursuit of a larger one.

The DOJ is seeking BP be punished for acting grossly negligent in the period leading up to and directly after the spill, citing company emails and the its internal investigation following the spill. There is evidence that the company may have been aware something was not right with the well, but continued operations without taking the proper safety measures.

If you have lost business as a result of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, contact the oil spill attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-821-1544.

BP refuses to reimburse wildlife preserve for expenses

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge (ECWR) in Northwest Florida is dedicated to rescuing sea turtles and marine animals which have been injured as a result of the BP oil spill. However, the donations the volunteers of the ECWR get from private citizens are not enough to keep them going, and BP is refusing to reimburse them for the expenses.

The refuge – which is required to do everything within its power to save oil-covered animals – requested a $3,000 reimbursement from BP for costs associated with the helping animals injured in the spill, but was turned down flat. According to BP, accepting both donations and reimbursements for the company would amount to “double-dipping.” A spokesman for the company suggested that, as a volunteer organization, ECWR had no right to expect reimbursement for their work.

Meanwhile, the refuge continues its work to treat and rehabilitate the animals injured as the result of the tragic oil spill, slowly hemorrhaging money.

If your property has been damaged as the result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the oil-spill attorneys of Williams Hart may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today by calling 800-821-1544.

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