Earlier this month, the aftermath of the BP oil spill marked a new milestone. The penalty phase has now ended for the BP oil trial. This brings an end to almost two years of hard fought litigation. BP has paid almost $35 billion in penalties to date. Now one New Orleans writer is calling for an end to BP's sorrows.
Injured seaman should be aware of the legal protections that exist to help them when harmed on the job. An offshore drilling company is being sued in Louisiana by a worker asserting he was injured in an on-the-job accident. The offshore worker asserts he suffered severe and disabling injuries. The man has brought the lawsuit based on the Jones Act. He asserts he was injured while working on a submersible offshore drilling rig. The lawsuit alleges the offshore company was negligent which led to his injuries. The worker is seeking damages including lost wages, lost income and medical expenses.
For one offshore worker, the miracle of the season is that he is still alive to experience it. After the boat where he was working had an explosion, crew members were left clinging to a life raft awaiting rescue.
The Louisiana coastline is still feeling the effect of the BP oil spill of 2010. Daily collections of tar wash up on the Gulf coast shores. The Coast Guard is trying to determine the long-term environmental effects.
The Louisiana oil industry was in the news again recently when two former workers filed suit against their previous employer. The suit is the result of injuries sustained during a 2012 explosion on an oil platform. A consultant's report reviewing the incident, and performed independent of the legal action, concluded that the fault lies at the hands of a subcontractor.
The major BP oil spill near Louisiana will leave lasting environmental issues in the Gulf. Offshore drilling is a source of fuel and jobs for many in this state. However, the inherent dangers of the job and its potential for negative environmental effects are leading some researchers to look to other fuel sources. For one researcher, the road has led to an unusual solution: yeast.
The shores of the state of Louisiana are still recovering after the nation's worst environmental disaster. As part of the settlement agreement to the areas affected, British Petroleum will finance 39 restoration projects throughout the gulf coast. The payments can never bring back the 11 workers that lost their lives in the offshore accident, but it will help to restore resources lost by the oil spill.
New Orleans, Louisiana, residents may remember the devastating offshore accident between a towboat and an oil tanker in 2008 that resulted a spill of approximately 283,000 gallons of oil into the Mississippi River near their city. A large stretch of the river remained closed for six days as dozens of ships remained grounded.