Communities affected by BP spill begin considering how to spend incoming fines

After pressuring the rest of congress, lawmakers from states that were heavily affected by the 2010 BP oil spill have ensured that most of the fines the oil giant will have to pay will be used for recovery efforts in the affected areas.

Normally, fines imposed on oil companies from these kinds of incidents go to an oil spill liability trust fund and the Treasury’s general fund. However, a law passed this week, the RESTORE Act, earmarks 80 percent of the incoming fines for the five states along the Gulf coast.

The actual amount BP will be paying in fines is still dependent on an upcoming civil trial, but could total from anywhere between $5 billion and $20 billion. A great deal of the money is likely to finance existing projects, but the affected states are still open to new ideas.

If you were affected by the oil spill, contact the Gulf oil spill attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-821-1544.

BP oil spill contributed to loss of Louisiana marshes

A University of Florida researcher has published a study that measured the 2010 BP oil spill’s impact on marshlands in Louisiana. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was funded by a $200,000 grant pulled from a $500 million research fund provided by BP after the spill.

Brian Silliman and his team have been studying the marshes since July of 2010, three months after the spill.¬† They found that the 45-mile stretch of oil-exposed marshes eroded more rapidly than those that weren’t exposed. Once marshland is lost, it cannot be restored.

The marshes play a vital role in Louisiana’s aquatic ecosystems and fishing industry.

Two years after the accident, the oil spill’s far-reaching consequences may still not be fully understood. If the oil spill has caused you to lose business or has ruined your land, contact the Gulf oil spill property damage lawyers of Williams Hart at 800-821-1544.

US sells oil drilling leases for Gulf of Mexico

The United States auctioned off leases on tracts of land in the Gulf of Mexico to help boost domestic oil production and reduce dependence on oil from foreign sources.

The auction brought in $1.7 billion, with British Petroleum purchasing more than 40 of the available leases. The most expensive single tract went to a Norwegian company for $157 million.

The last time the U.S. auctioned land in the Gulf, the sale brought in $949.3 million. Two months after the auction, one of BP’s offshore oil rigs exploded, causing the biggest oil spill the country has seen.

Many people are still recovering from that spill’s far-reaching effects. If your oil spill insurance claims have been denied, contact the Gulf of Mexico oil spills attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-821-1544.

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.

BP spills oil in Alaska

British Petroleum is cleaning up an oil spill that occurred Monday in Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay.

BP officials state that the spill was contained within an impermeable barrier and say there is no evidence that any crude oil escaped into the environment. The company has faced accusations in the past of not working hard enough to avoid oil spills.

The 4,200-gallon spill of crude oil and water is being cleaned up by vacuum trucks.

Perhaps BP is showing improvement in its spill containment protocols. Nevertheless, their previous blunders have cost people on the Gulf coast a great deal. If you have been adversely affected by the Gulf oil spill, contact the Gulf of Mexico oil spill claims attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-821-1544.

BP spill residue found on pelicans in Minnesota

Researchers at North Dakota State University and Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources have found evidence of oil spill residue on the eggs of pelicans nesting at the state’s Marsh Lake.

The lake serves as the largest colony for American White Pelicans in North America. These pelicans migrate from the northern region of the United States to the Gulf of Mexico in September, where they are found as far away as Cuba.

The researchers are most worried about polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, the primary constituent of oil. This substance is known to cause cancer and birth defects in animals. They are also concerned about Corexit, the chemical that was used to disperse oil slicks on the ocean’s surface.

The study found petroleum compounds on 90 percent of the eggs of the first batch tested. Corexit was present on 80 percent of the batch. With such overwhelming results in these initial tests, the environmental impact of the BP oil spill cannot be denied.

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.

Shrimp processors protest BP settlement terms

Members of the American Shrimp Processors Association have requested a federal judge to delay his decision on a $2.3 billion settlement with BP for economic damages following the Gulf oil spill. The shrimp processors feel that they are unfairly excluded from the settlement.

The settlement is meant for seafood-related claims. The shrimp processors argue that they play a very important role in the industry and have suffered losses equal to those of shrimping boats that are included in the settlement.

BP will be paying out more than $7 billion to businesses and other groups who suffered adverse effects as a result of its disastrous 2010 oil spill.

If you have suffered economic losses as a direct result of BP’s 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.

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