Oil sheen reported off of Gulf coast

The Coast Guard has reported an “oil sheen” off of the coast of Louisiana.

It was originally found by satellite images in the middle of September. The Coast Guard retrieved samples of the water for testing. Luckily, the samples taken show no indication of further damage to marine ecosystems.

The sheen is located very close to the site of the Deepwater Horizon explosion that dumped over 200 million gallons of oil into the sea.

The oil spill did vast amounts of economic and environmental damage to the Gulf region. If you were negatively impacted by the 2010 Gulf oil spill, contact an oil spill attorney of Williams Hart at 800-821-1544 to learn more about your legal options.

BP oil spill settlement moves forward

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier preliminarily approved a settlement against BP for the 2010 Gulf oil spill. He will hold a further hearing on November 8 before giving his final approval on the matter.

BP estimates that the proposed settlement will cost the company $7.8 billion. Over 100,000 claims have been filed against BP for various economic losses sustained by people in the area affected by the spill.

The class-action settlement does not include federal or state claims against the company, which are more concerned with the environmental impact of the spill.

If you have suffered losses as a result of the Gulf oil spill, contact the Gulf oil spill claims attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-821-1544.

Former BP engineer arrested for obstruction of justice

Former BP engineer Kurt Mix has been charged with obstruction of justice after deleting hundreds of text messages from his phone that contained important information concerning the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The company specifically ordered employees to retain all information concerning the oil well, including text messages.

He is the first person to face criminal charges in relation to the BP oil spill.

Mr. Mix is being accused of deleting  important information about the spill’s rate of flow. A precise measurement of the oil that spilled into the ocean is a crucial detail because it determines how much BP will be fined in accordance with the US Clean Water Act.

Mr. Mix was part of a team BP set up to determine how much oil was being drained into the ocean. Mix exchanged texts with one of his supervisors and a contractor during his time on this special internal team.

Of the over 200 texts that were deleted, investigators were able to forensically recover some of them. Recovered texts indicated that the actual amount of oil gushing from the well was much higher than BP’s public reports indicated. One such text put the measurement at over 15,000 barrels a day, while the public report was only 5,000 at the time.

The BP oil disaster had a profound environmental impact on the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. If your life or business has been adversely affected by the Deepwater Horizon spill, contact the Gulf oil spill lawyers of Williams Hart today at 800-821-1544.

Proposed plan given for $7.8 billion BP Gulf oil spill

Officials with BP along with attorneys representing plaintiffs in the case have proposed a plan to discuss the terms of the $7.8 billion Deepwater Horizon rig explosion that caused an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

This plan will resolve the billions of dollars in order to pay out the private party claims that includes more than 100,000 individuals and businesses.

This plan does not resolve the lawsuits that were brought against BP from Gulf states or the federal government. A conference has been set up from May 3 in order to discuss the claims that have not been covered by this plan.

If you or a loved one was denied a claim in the Gulf Oil spill, you need representation on your side during this time that may be able to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact the Gulf oil spill lawyers of Williams Hart today by calling 800-821-1544.

New system used in Gulf Oil Spill health claims

Claims that state that the Gulf Oil spill caused health issues now have a new monitoring system in order to compensate those who have suffered illnesses directly from the spill.

Doctors at universities and with the government are currently researching whether or not their are illnesses directly related to the oil spill.

Residents in the Gulf Coast area that were affected by the spill have stated that they are pleased that there claims are getting looked into. Illnesses that have been reported from the spill include rashes and shortness of breath.

A settlement that was released earlier this month states that BP is expected to pay $7.8 billion for claims including loss of business, lost wages and property damage.

If you or a loved one has had an oil spill claim denied, you need representation on your side at this time. Contact the Gulf Oil spill claims lawyers of Williams Hart by calling 800-821-1544  today.

BP releases advertisements encouraging tourism

After the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, tourism across the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi drastically declined.  The oil-soaked coastlines, as well as the animals, have kept tourists away since the oil spill.

The oil company, BP, has released several advertisements showing that the Gulf Coast is the premiere location to enjoy a vacation. The ads show the crystal clear water and happy and healthy animals in the area. Different representatives from the states that were affected by the oil spill are interviewed on camera, and talk about the popular attractions in their states.

Although, the overall message of the commercials is to encourage tourism in the states along the Gulf Coast, researchers also view it as a crucial tool for BP’s public image. Some communication analysts believe that the BP logo should not have been present on the commercials, because it reminds viewers of what happened in the first place.

If you have had an oil spill claim denied, you need experienced representation on your side. Please contact the Gulf of Mexico oil spill lawyers of Williams Hart by calling 800-821-1544 today.

Tourism loss due to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill

In 2010 when the Gulf of Mexico oil spill occurred, tourism on the Gulf Coast became almost nonexistent. People were not visiting the area due to the drastic conditions of the water and the coastlines.

Tourism is a large part of the economy in these areas and several business owners were greatly affected by the decline in tourists. Several properties have been damaged, and some buildings had been deemed unfit to conduct business until the oil was completely cleared up.

The clean up costs of the oil spill could have cost business owners large sums of money, when the incident was out of their control. Numerous states have been affected by this hazardous oil spill, and the individuals living in these areas deserve the right amount of compensation for their reduction in business.

Please contact the Gulf of Mexico oil spill lawyers of Williams Hart by calling 800-821-1544 if you or someone you know lost tourism profits as a result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.


BP ordered to cover Haliburton for oil spill

This Tuesday a United States judge ruled that BP will cover the costs of eventual claims that will be presented towards Halliburton in regards to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

BP still has plans to introduce evidence against Halliburton showing fraud, and the judge in the case stated that if the evidence held up then it could overrule the indemnity ruling. BP will be subjected to punitive damages claims that could cost billions of dollars in payouts.

It has been estimated that BP stands to pay close to $25 million in damages to individual civil and criminal lawsuits against them.

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill had devastating results on tourism and residential property. If your oil spill claim was denied, you need experienced representation on your side in order to gain the compensation that you deserve. Please contact the Gulf of Mexico oil spill lawyers of Williams Hart by calling 800-821-1544 today.

Gulf oil spill to teach lessons about the future

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that sent thousands of gallons of oil into the ocean will hopefully teach a lesson on what needs to be worked on in America in order to prevent incidents like this from occurring again.

One lesson that should be learned is that regulation and enforcement is necessary in our economy and that the government should set certain rules in order for the the safety of others to be protected.

Obviously, the government can not create a “risk-free society” but they should police the market economy in order to make sure that one party does not cause harm to others.

Another lesson that can be learned is that America needs to change the oil habits by using more wind, solar, nuclear and hydroelectric power in order to find a cheaper alternative.

If you or a loved one suffered from the oil spill in the Gulf, contact the Gulf of Mexico oil spill lawyers of Williams Khekher by calling 800-821-1544 today.

Researchers fight to study the Gulf after the oil spill

More then half a billion dollars in research funding is up for grabs for researchers in the Gulf of Mexico and now researchers have a chance to receive funding and media exposure to research the area.

More than 100 scientists are now working in the area including 50 scientists that BP hired in order to defend themselves. The other half have been hired by the federal government, environmental groups, and attorneys that are suing BP.

Until now, the Gulf of Mexico has received little funding from the government. Two major issues are being researched in the Gulf: Where the oil has gone and its implications on the ecosystem and the federal government’s assessment of natural resources.

If you or a loved one has been suffered from the oil spill in the Gulf, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Gulf of Mexico oil spill lawyers of Williams Khekher by calling 800-821-1544.

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