Deep Water Horizon Claims Two years after the devastating BP oil spill wreaked havoc on businesses, individuals and municipalities in the Gulf region, after effects continue to arise and raise questions about when the region will be able to return to normal. Danziger and De Llano, LLP, a Houston, Texas law firm, has established the website www.bpdeepwaterhorizon.com to enable interested parties with questions and concerns to stay informed and up-to-date on events and news related to the spill. Residents and city officials of Orange Beach, Alabama were dismayed to hear that two years after the BP oil spill, a dredging operation off the coast unearthed a tar mat that has created an oil sheen in the area. The spill resulted in almost 5 million barrels of oil pouring unabated into the Gulf of Mexico and Orange Beach was just one of many coastal areas that were impacted at the time. BP has pledged to help with any clean up that is required if it is proved that the event has its roots in the 2010 spill. The dredging operation was part of a beach replenishment program being conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Samples from the tar mat that was unearthed have been sent to the Coast Guard Marine Safety Lab in Connecticut for testing, trying to determine whether the tar originated with the 2010 spill, though city officials expresslittle doubt. As all parties await the results of the scientific tests, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and the U.S. Coast Guard are meeting to discuss the proper disposition of the tar mat, which was found just off the coast. Although BP’s statement inferred that their assistance was dependent upon proof that they were the source, Orange Beach residents expressed concern that the mat’s origin would be difficult to prove. Orange Beach city officials have been concerned that residual effects from the 2010 oil spill would continue to arise, and had previously scheduled investigations by researchers from Auburn University to ensure that the borrow site approximately one mile off of the coastline that is being used to source the beach replenishment program is safe. Orange Beach mayor Tony Kennon indicated that the oil sheen’s appearance came as no surprise to him or anybody else in the area. He reports that although the city has advised BP about the presence of tar mats and requested that they assist in removal, the company has refused to comply.
Many Gulf coast residents fear similar incidents of residual effects of the 2010 BP oil spill, even as suits continue to be filed against the company by individuals, businesses and a variety of local and federal government agencies. If you need help with filing a claim for compensation for damages, or information about ongoing litigation, Danziger & De Llano LLP, a Houston Texas law firm can help. For More Information visit http://www.deepwaterhorizon.us