May 18, 2010 – As a result of the lingering oil spill, the federal government has extended its fishing closure in the Gulf of Mexico. To date, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has closed fishing in 19 percent, or 45,728 miles, of the Gulf.
The new closure comes on the heels of Senate hearings assessing the response to last month’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, which killed 11 and continues to gush thousands of barrels of crude into the ocean on a daily basis.
On Monday, BP touted its progress toward plugging the massive leak, but the Obama administration said the disaster is far from over.
“We are in the middle of this crisis. We are not at the beginning,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate committee Monday afternoon. “We’ve been at it a month almost, but we are not near the end as well.”
The April 20 explosion has left BP, Transocean, and Halliburton pointing fingers at each other over the cause of the blast. The chief electronics technician aboard the Deepwater Horizon at the time of the explosion told “60 Minutes” that Transocean was being pushed to complete the well quickly because it was taking longer than expected.
President Obama has decided to establish a presidential commission to investigate the disaster, which will explore “a range of issues,” including federal oversight of offshore drilling, safety aboard rigs, and environmental protection.
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If you or somebody you know has suffered an economic loss related to your Gulf Coast business or coastal property, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an oil spill lawsuit and we can help. We are currently accepting cases and/or claims in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.