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BP Oil Spill Lawsuit

On April 20th, 2010 a British Petroleum (BP) oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico killed and injured 28 workers. In addition to these unfortunate casualties, the subsequent oil spill will cost billions in clean up, loss of business & income, as well as devastation to the gulf ecosystem.

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On April 20th, 2010 a British Petroleum (BP) oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico killed and injured 28 workers. In addition to these unfortunate casualties, the subsequent oil spill will cost billions in clean up, loss of business & income, as well as devastation to the gulf ecosystem.

The oil rig is currently dumping over 200,000 gallons of oil into the ocean everyday. The safety mechanisms designed to prevent oil spillage failed, and now there are at least three leaks nearly a mile beneath the ocean’s surface. Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen said that in the worst-case scenario, the well could spill 4.2 million gallons of oil a day into the Gulf. More than a week after the oil began leaking, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said “ultimate relief” from the oil spill was at least 90 days away.

As to what parties are to blame for the disaster, Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said “BP is the responsible party.” Napolitano also stated that BP is responsible for getting the well shut off, although the Coast Guard will be overseeing the efforts. Even BP seems to be accepting responsibility for the disaster, as Chief Executive Tony Hayward said the company would “… do everything in our power to contain this oil spill and resolve the situation as rapidly, safely, and effectively as possible.”

Regardless of when the oil stops leaking, the damage is done. The only question at this point is the extent of damage that will be done by this catastrophe. This event will undoubtedly impact the lives of people living along the Gulf Coast and beyond for many years to come.

BP Oil Spill to Impact Fish & Fish Oil Supplement Industries

May 21, 2010 – Last month’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico -which killed 11 and continues to spill thousands of barrels of crude into the ocean everyday – is now causing fear about seafood safety and the fish oil supplement industry.

Some key facts to keep in mind:

  • About 83% of the seafood consumed in the United States comes from overseas.
  • Louisiana accounts for nearly 72% of the seafood caught in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Nearly all the oysters Americans consume are harvested here, 67% off the Gulf states. Louisiana represents about 41% of U.S. production.
  • Six areas east of the Mississippi River in the coastal parishes of Plaquemines and St. Bernard have been closed to fishing. Once oyster beds west of the Mississippi are closed, they won’t be reopened until state and federal tests for hydrocarbons, flavor, and taste ensure than the shellfish and finfish are safe to eat.
  • Louisiana fishers haul in 23% of U.S.-caught red snapper – about 589,000 of 2.5 million pounds nationally.

Restaurants and seafood wholesalers in Louisiana and Florida filed a class-action lawsuit against BP in federal court this week. Attorneys say their clients are covered by the Oil Pollution Act, and are asking the court to clear the way for claims against Deepwater Horizon owner BP.

Meanwhile, as the leak continues, BP officials say they are considering several methods of shutting down the well, including a “dynamic kill” by inserting fluids and drilling mud into the well bore.

EPA Orders Less Toxic Dispersant in BP Oil Spill

May 21, 2010 – This week, the EPA told British Petroleum (BP) to start using a less toxic dispersant than the one it is currently using to break up the oil slicks gushing from the Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico.

In louisiana, the focus is on the so-called “brownie mix” of oil and tar washing up along the marshes. At a news conference, Governor Bobby Jindal said he was particularly worried that the heavy patches of oil appeared to have moved to shore under the surface of the gulf.

“This oil has traveled 110 miles to land on our coast, and we’re concerned that this is just the beginning,” Mr. Jindal said. “You didn’t see oil that close to our coast a day or two ago.”

According to estimates by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the spill has already affected 50 miles of Louisiana’s coastline, which is full of breaks and inlets into fragile marshlands that are far more difficult to protect than sandy beaches.

In directing BP to select a less toxic dispersant, the EPA said it was exercising caution because so little is known about the chemicals’ potential impact.

In a statement on Thursday, the E.P.A. said, “Because of its use in unprecedented volumes and because much is unknown about the underwater use of dispersants, E.P.A. wants to ensure BP is using the least toxic product authorized for use.”

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