BP Oil Spill
The BP oil spill that began on April 20, 2010, could prove to have devastating consequences not only for the environment but also for businesses located on or near the Gulf of Mexico. Furthermore, the BP Gulf oil spill has already had tragic consequences, with 11 men believed dead, following the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. BP (British Petroleum) already faces class action lawsuits related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. However, many more lawsuits could be filed as the full effects of the oil spill are realized.
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Facts
The oil slick reportedly reached landfall in southern Louisiana on April 30, 2010. Some officials have said the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is the worst environmental disaster since the Exxon Valdez oil spill and will have an economic impact greater than that of Hurricane Katrina. One reason this could be a greater environmental disaster than the Exxon Valdez is because there was a known amount of oil on the tanker when it ran aground and spilled the oil. In the case of the Deepwater Horizon, there is an unknown amount of oil in the oil pocket, which could eventually flow freely into the Gulf of Mexico.
Effect of Oil Spill on Businesses
Some reports indicate BP requested fishermen who wanted to work for the company to clean up the oil spill would have to sign an agreement waiving their right to sue in exchange for a $5,000 payment. According to reports at blog.al.com (05/02/10), Alabama Attorney General Troy King said that BP has been told to stop circulating those agreements. A BP spokesperson said the company has taken out the waiver and will not enforce any that are already signed.
In addition to fishermen, shipping firms, hotels, resorts, cruise liners and other businesses could be severely affected by the oil spill. Property owners may also have a claim against BP if their property is damaged by the oil spill.
Some reports suggest that the oil and damage from the oil spill could spread further south and east, into the Caribbean.
BP Oil Spill Lawsuit: Commercial Fishermen
A separate lawsuit was filed on behalf of Florida commercial fishermen, who allege the oil plumes beneath the ocean's surface are killing fish. The lawsuit was filed on June 3, 2010, and seeks class action status on behalf of any person who makes his or her living off of the sea.
People who rely on the Gulf of Mexico for an income include commercial fishermen, crabbers, shrimpers, oystermen, fish processors and those employed in fish or meat storage.
BP Oil Spill Lawsuit: Property Owners
Property owners are advised to take any action as recommended by officials to lessen property damage. They are also advised to document any damage to their property.
BP Oil Spill Lawsuit: Tourism and Hospitality Industry
BP Oil Spill and Health-Related Issues: Injury and Death
Twenty of the reports of illness required short hospitalization. Most of the oil spill symptoms involved nausea, vomiting, headache, throat irritation, cough and flu-like symptoms.
BP Oil Spill and Maritime Law (Jones Act)
The widows of the other workers missing and presumed dead in the tragedy may also be able to file a lawsuit under the Jones Act, which requires the owners of ships and oil platforms to pay families when employees are killed on vessels that are "unseaworthy" or are operated under unsafe conditions.
BP Claims Process
- Oil Removal and Cleanup Costs
- Property Damage
- Subsistence (income) Loss
- Net Lost Government Revenue
- Net Lost Profits/Earning Capacity
- Cost of Increased Public Services
- Natural Resource Damage
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