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.

Oil spill may have long-term effects on migratory shorebird populations

Many of the 2010 BP oil spill’s long-term consequences have so far remained relatively unknown, but as time marches forward, the environmental effects of the largest oil spill in history are becoming increasingly apparent.

A recent study by researchers from Louisiana’s Tulane University, examined the oil spill’s effects on migratory shorebirds along the 650 miles of the Gulf coast where oil from the spill washed ashore. It is difficult for researchers to measure the exact impact the oil spill had on these birds because solid population figures did not exist until after the spill. However, they believe that more than one million birds from 28 species were potentially exposed to oil.

These birds migrate to the Gulf region from as far away as the Arctic and South America. The oil’s effect on their health may delay their migration patterns, which could effect food chains in those regions.

It is not easy to assess the damage the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has had on wildlife and families who live along the coast. If you have been effected by the oil spill, contact the oil spill attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-821-1544 to learn more about your legal options.

Movie stars to battle in court over spill cleanup technology

Kevin Costner is being sued by Stephen Baldwin and a partner of his for allegedly duping them out of a deal to sell oil-separating centrifuges to BP after 2010’s massive oil spill.

The actors began their battle in New Orleans federal court on Monday.

Baldwin and Costner both owned stock in Ocean Therapy Solutions, the company that eventually sold the centrifuges to the oil company. Baldwin alleges that Costner misled him into selling his share of the firm while the Dances with Wolves star secretly brokered a deal with BP to buy the cleanup devices.

Baldwin and his partner made a combined $2 million from selling their stock, while Costner made $50 million selling the centrifuges to BP. Costner claims Baldwin had full knowledge of the BP deal but sold his stock for the guaranteed funds rather than gambling on the centrifuges.

Both actors were doing what they could to help the environment after the tragic spill dumped millions of gallons of oil into the ocean. There are still many volunteer opportunities in the continued cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

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