May 19, 2010 – A new video has emerged revealing heavy plumes of oil seeping out from the ocean floor in the Gulf of Mexico, causing concern that the BP oil spill could be much larger in scale than previously thought.
Finger-pointing and conflicting calculations have thrown politicians, fishermen, and scientists into a frenzy for fear that the true extent of the damage is far worse than previously estimated. Reports of massive underwater oil plumes and tar balls have led to speculation that BP isn’t showing all of its cards.
The recent discovery of the plumes, which are as big as 10 miles long and as deep as 4,200 feet, may explain the difference in spill calculations. Chemicals dispersants used by BP to break up the oil may have caused the oil to linger in the ocean instead of rising up to the surface, where flow rates are calculated. The long-term effects of using such dispersants (which contain mild to moderate toxins) are not currently known.
The Gulf of Mexico has essentially become a giant lab full of chemicals, tar balls, oil plumes, and dispersants. What the future holds for the Gulf of Mexico is uncertain, however, at this point, the future is looking grim.
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.