BP Oil Spill
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill,
the BP oil disaster the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and the Macondo
blowout) is an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico which flowed almost
non-stop for three months in 2010. It is the largest accidental marine
oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. The spill stemmed from a
sea-floor oil gusher that resulted from the April 20, 2010 explosion
of Deepwater Horizon, which drilled on the BP-operated Macondo
Prospect. The explosion killed 11 men working on the platform and
injured 17 others. On July 15, 2010, the gushing wellhead was
capped, after it had released about 4.9 million barrels of crude oil.
An estimated 53,000 barrels per day escaped from the well just
before it was capped. It is believed that the daily flow rate diminished over time, starting at about 62,000 barrels per day and decreasing as the reservoir of hydrocarbons feeding the gusher was gradually depleted. On August 20, oil and oil sheen covering several square miles of water were reported surfacing not far from BP’s Macondo well. Coast Guard officials said the oil was too dispersed to recover In January 2011 the White House oil spill commission released its final report on the causes of the oil spill. They blamed BP and its partners for making a series of cost-cutting decisions and the lack of a system to ensure well safety. They also concluded that the spill was not an isolated incident caused by "rogue industry or government officials", but that "The root causes are systemic and, absent significant reform in both industry practices and government policies, might well recur." After its own internal probe, BP admitted that it made mistakes which led to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. In June 2010 BP set up a $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the oil spill. To July 2011, the fund has paid $4.7 million to 198,475 claimants. In all, the fund has nearly 1 million claims and continues to receive thousands of claims each week. In September 2011, the U.S. government published its final investigative report on the accident. In essence, that report states that the main cause was the defective cement job, and put most of the fault for the oil spill with BP, also faulting Deepwater Horizon operator Transocean and contractor Halliburton. Investigations continue, with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder stating on April 24 2012, "The Deepwater Horizon Task Force is continuing its investigation into the explosion and will hold accountable those who violated the law in connection with the largest environmental disaster in US history". The first arrest related to the spill was in April 2012; an engineer was charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly deleting 300 text messages showing BP knew the flow rate was three times higher than initial claims by the company, and knew that Top Kill was unlikely to succeed, but claimed otherwise.
THE BP OIL SPILL LEGAL NETWORK
HOUSTON, NEW ORLEANS, PLAQUEMINES, OCEAN SPRINGS, MOBILE, CHARLOTTE, WASHINGTON DC
The BP Oil Spill Legal Network is a national coalition of dozens of lawyers with 100's of years of experience in four separate firms located in Houston Texas, New Orleans, and Plaquemine Louisiana, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Mobile, Alabama Charlotte, North Carolina, and Washington DC. They have the national reputations, cutting edge technology and a large experienced support staff dedicated to BP oil spill claims to assist you in recovering the losses you have or will suffer from the April 20, 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Our experience in leading MDL's throughout the nation, familiarity with the firms involved in the claims-handing process, and local people on the ground in the affected areas means we can deliver prompt and accurate settlements for qualified people. In summary, our firms have the experience, skills and resources that will be required to successfully serve the victims of this environmental disaster.
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