Ruling in BP Plea Deal Fast Approaching

U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance is expected to issue a ruling on BP’s plea deal just before the end of this month — January 29. With this deadline fast approaching, some of the family members of those killed in the Deepwater Horizon explosion have contacted to Vance to share their feelings about the plea deal and to make any last minute requests for additional or alternate penalties in the decision.

According to the existing deal, BP would submit a guilty plea to charges of lying to congress about the amount of oil spilled in the 2010 disaster, and plead guilty to criminal charges related to the 11 deaths that resulted from the rig explosion. For this guilty plea, the case would be settled for a record-breaking $1.3 billion in fines, which is in addition to the $24.2 billion that BP has already paid up to this point. If Vance rejects these penalties, BP could reject the deal altogether.

Unfortunately, even with the incredible amount of money that has already been poured into clean up and restoration efforts, many are still feeling the financial effects of this disaster. If you are having trouble securing the financial assistance you need under the CSSP, do not hesitate to take action. Contact the legal team at Williams Hart today by callingĀ 800-821-1544.

Veterinarians affected by oil spill seek compensation

The disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010 has had far reaching economicĀ  and environmental impacts.

Fishermen and other people whose livelihoods depend on the sea have suffered severe economic losses. Losses have trickled down to others who provide goods and services to these individuals. Some veterinarians who serve in areas that were devastated by the oil spill noticed sharp declines in their revenue as people who work in the water lost wages and could no longer afford to take their pets in for care.

People who have lost revenue because of the spill may be eligible for claims against BP. To qualify, they must be able to show a drastic decrease in their income between the year before the spill, the year of the spill, and then a return to normal income the year after the spill.

If you have suffered significant economic losses due to the BP oil spill, contact the Gulf oil spill claims lawyers of Williams Hart at 800-821-1544 to learn more about your legal options.

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.

Oil spill creates negtive effects that will be felt for a long time

A economic research firm has found that an estimated 17,000 jobs will be lost this year because of the oil spill. Also, an estimated $1.2 billion in economic input will be lost which is opening the question to whether the $20 billion fund set up by BP will be enough.

BP has already announced that it has paid $277 million to people and businesses in the Gulf area that have made claims and they have set aside a $100 million fund for rig workers. The federal and state bans on fishing in the Gulf could effect over 1,000 businesses, which will cause all of their incomes to fall.

The tourism industry will also see a big hit. Over the next three years, the firm found that the tourism industry will be losing anywhere $7.6 billion to $22.7 billion because travelers have avoided the area.

If you and your family has seen a decline in your financial well-being because of the oil spill, contact the Tourism loss due to oil spill lawyers of Williams Hart by calling 800-821-1544.

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