The oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and injuring 17 more. Two days later it sank in 5,000 feet of water.
Crude oil soon began streaming out of a broken pipe attached to a well a mile below sea level. Within days much of the nation was transfixed by a frantic effort by BP and the federal government to plug the leaks and contain a massive spill threatening the gulf coastline and the ocean itself. Over a period of months, an estimated 4.9 million barrels or 210 million gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf at a rate of several hundred thousand gallons per day.
Worldwide, many people were able to watch the multiple failed attempts made to “cap” the well to stop oil from flowing into the Gulf. The oil flow was finally controlled in September of 2010, five months after the explosion. Cleanup required miles of containment booms, nearly 2 million gallons of dispersant, oil-eating microbes and other methods – many of which also proved to be harmful and still millions of animals died and thousands of people were left in financial ruin.
In April of 2014, BP claimed that cleanup was completed but was quickly contradicted by the United States Coast Guard. The State of Louisiana is also unable to confirm that recovery is complete. Studies of both wildlife and human impacts are ongoing and health problems continue to persist.
Gulf Oil Spill Legal Resource Center
Seeger Weiss co-founded the BP Oil Spill Legal Network, a national coalition of lawyers with the experience necessary to assist in recovering the losses suffered from the April 20, 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Gulf Oil Spill Lawsuits and Settlements
Financial damages related to this disaster have included real or personal property damages, loss of profits and earning capacity, loss of subsistence use of natural resources, increased costs of public services, and loss of government revenue.
Were you injured or harmed by the Gulf oil spill? Though many settlements have already been made, research into health effects is ongoing and medical issues may continue to emerge. Seeger Weiss has represented thousands of clients in personal injury, negligence, consumer protection and environmental exposure cases.
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- Gulf Oil Spill, Smithsonian (2018)