New Orleans residents are familiar with working in the offshore industry. A new study released in the wake of the deep water horizon accident confirms what many have known for years: working on an oil rig is dangerous. The potential for a fatal offshore accidents is seven times more likely to happen than in any other industry. One of the most interesting aspects of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study is not that the accidents occur, but how they occur.
Three years have passed but the saga of the BP oil spill continues. The civil trial to determine negligence has been in session since February 25, 2013. The offshore accident is recorded as America's worst environmental disaster.
Our New Orleans readers may remember the British Petroleum oil spill of 2010 as one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. Although it's been nearly three years since the spill, the incident is still the subject of courtroom action. Recently, claimants who experienced damage to their seafood businesses in the disaster filed a motion with a federal court to extend the deadline to join a class action suit stemming from the accident. However, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier was not in favor of extending the deadline for commercial fishing operations for this maritime disaster. Barbier contends that claimants were given sufficient notice in which to join the lawsuit before the deadline.
While clean-up after the BP oil spill continues in the gulf, the memories of those who lost loved ones cannot be so easily removed. The family members of five deceased workers and one injured worker have decided to fight the settlement proposed by BP. They are outraged at the $4.5 billion in settlement for the pending criminal charges because the proposed settlement does not include charges for any top officials in the company. Under the principles of maritime law, victims of this disaster would like to see justice done.