BP has announced that workers have successfully lowered a steel dome to the floor of the Gulf of Mexico in the first step of cutting off the continuously pumping oil that is the result of the company’s disastrous oil spill that occurred late last month. The steel dome, known as the “top hat”, is expected to be in place over the leak by the end of this week, putting an end to the leak, which has pumped more than 4 million gallons of oil into the ocean, in what is being called the worst oil spill in history.
This latest “top hat” will replace a larger version that had to be removed because of a blockage caused by crystallized gas hydrates. In the meantime, the U.S. Coast Guard has been fervently depositing sand bags in the water to block the oil from seeping into Louisiana wetlands. The spill has wreaked havoc on the Gulf’s wildlife, killing a great deal of marine wildlife, as well as sea birds. The damage and subsequent cleanup is expected to hit $118 million, of which the U.S. government expects BP to pay most if not all.
The massive oil spill and environmental disaster has spawned dozens of lawsuits in the last few weeks. Property owners along the Gulf Coast are the hardest hit by the catastrophe, though the final damage won’t be able to be assessed until cleanup efforts have been completed. The possible environmental impact from this oil spill is expected to be more devastating than any other oil spill in history.
Alabama coastal property owners have banded together to bring a lawsuit against BP and the other groups who were involved in the operations of the oil rig. These property owners are worried about the possible damage to their property from the huge floating oil spill that could drift onto the coast at any time. The Alabama property owners are seeking restitution for lost revenue due to the damage the oil spill has done to tourism in the region. Vacationers have already begun to cancel reservations with resort owners in the area, resulting in lost profits that could become substantially greater as the disaster continues unabated.
BP is the main target of most of the lawsuits because it owned the oil rig outright. There are other companies involved in the suits for their separate roles in the maintenance of the rig, however. Halliburton has been named as a defendant in some cases because they performed a cementing project at the base of the rig just before the accident occurred. Some people are arguing that the cementing project was directly related to the accident and may have caused it outright. Other companies mentioned in lawsuits are Transocean and Cameron International Corporation. Cameron International manufactured the failsafe mechanisms that did not prevent the accident from occurring.
If you or a loved one have property or a business that have been affected by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, contact Newsome Law Firm and fill out a case evaluation form today. Our team of attorneys has experience specific to complications associated with environmental disasters. Not only can they give you the legal guidance you need, they can help you get the compensation you deserve.