Gulf Coast Disaster News
|April 23, 2015, 9:00 am|
Monday, April 20, 2015 marked five years since the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, causing the worst ecological catastrophe in human history. Eleven workers were killed and 17 injured by the initial blast, and over 200 million gallons of oil gushed out of the wellhead into the Gulf of Mexico. The effects in terms of environmental damage, human suffering, and economic hardship cannot be overstated, yet five years have passed and none of the perpetrators have been held accountable for their actions.
|April 22, 2015, 9:50 am|
Officials overseeing the cleanup of the Gulf of Mexico have proposed 10 new recovery projects, worth $134 million. The funds are part of a $1 billion fund set aside by BP to deal with the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the worst oil spill in US history.
|April 22, 2015, 9:46 am|
One of Beaumont’s best known attorneys, Brent Coon, recently asked a federal judge to extend the BP oil spill settlement deadline and allow his clients to possibly opt-out.
|April 22, 2015, 9:27 am|
Class action plaintiffs who want to file economic and property claims in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill multidistrict litigation must do so by June 8. But Brent Coon of Brent Coon & Associates of Houston, who represents some 10,000 of those class members, is advising most of those clients not to file a claim; he has asked the court to extend a deadline, allowing his clients to opt out of the settlement.
|April 20, 2015, 9:21 am|
Despite five years of fines, settlements and criminal charges, the legal battle over the BP oil spill is far from complete. In 2010 an explosion on-board the Deepwater Horizon off shore drilling rig killed 11 people and led to the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
|April 19, 2015, 5:44 pm|
Claims Settlement is ‘not what was presented to victims’ and ‘the vast majority of claimants will receive nothing”
Louisiana, US District Court, Eastern District - The Law Firm of Brent Coon & Associates today filed a motion to “re-notice” the class settlement – meaning, to ask the court to send notice to all participating businesses and individuals, making them aware that they would have the opportunity to leave (opt-out of) the settlement should they wish to pursue other legal remedies. Currently, only a very small percentage of people have been paid through the class and members of the class do not have the right to leave nor to seek further legal options as the class settlement required them to forfeit their right to sue BP.
|April 15, 2015, 5:33 pm|
In the summer of 2014, Skyland Seafood quietly shut down. In Mobile, Alabama, where the shop had been located for 17 years, Skyland’s demise caused a small, heartfelt shock wave, said customer Alice Lang, 67, who regularly mourns the store’s closing in conversations with her neighbors. As she prepared her family’s Christmas gumbo, Lang added that she felt uncertain about the seafood she’d just bought. It was a worry she hadn’t had in years, because she trusted Phoung Nguyen, Skyland’s owner. “Phoung Nguyen was my seafood guy. With him, everything was fresh from the water,” she said.
|March 18, 2015, 9:27 am|
BP says the Gulf of Mexico is returning to normal, with the data not indicating any long-term damage to fish and bird populations and the area affected by the oil shrinking rapidly.
|February 19, 2015, 1:55 pm|
More than four years after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, stories of hard luck and poor health are not hard to find in Bayou La Batre, a small Alabama fishing village known as the state’s seafood capital.
|February 19, 2015, 1:50 pm|
The “missing” oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster has been found: It’s on the ocean floor dozens of miles off the Louisiana coast, according to a new study.
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