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Gulf Coast Fishermen Wonder What’s Next

May 13, 2010 – For fishermen across the Gulf Coast, waiting has become a way of life. They wait to see where the oil slick will land, wait for the crab and shrimp season to reopen, and wait to make some money.

On Saturday, BP scrapped plans to use a 100-ton concrete and metal box that was lowered 5,000 feet under the ocean to cut off the blown out well. Icy slush clogged up the mechanism that officials had hoped would collect as much as 85 percent of the leaking oil. Now officials from the company are scrambling to find another solution to cap the well. Even if BP manages to stop the leak, there’s no telling when the fishing season will resume.

Dock owners who buy the seafood are struggling, too. The docks are empty, save for a few fishermen working on their boats. “A lot of people gonna lose every damn thing over this,” said James Raffeo, 54, who manages the dock where boats would typically spend thousands of dollars a day on supplies, ice and diesel.

Adding to many people’s frustration is seeing cars full of outsiders pull up – including firefighters that parishes have dispatched to help because they’ve already been trained to handle hazardous materials. Others have been coming from further away, hoping they can earn a few bucks.

The trail of problems highlights the reality that some key oil rig safety components are left entirely to the discretion of the companies doing the work. It remains unclear what, if anything, Congress or the Obama administration may do to address the situation.

Do I have an Oil Spill Lawsuit?

The Environmental Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in environmental catastrophe lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation throughout the Gulf Coast and currently accepting new oil spill cases in all affected states.

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.

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