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BP SETTLEMENTS WITH THE GOVERNMENT DOESNT FIX THE PROBLEMS: MOST INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESS OWNERS STILL WAITING

July 2, 2015, 9:03 am

While numerous governmental claims brought by the Department of Justice and various State Attorney Generals for damages associated to the oil spill are now settled, it is important to keep these settlements in perspective and continue to ask questions.


Press Release: NEWS ON DUPONT GAS LEAK and FOUR FATALITIES: OSHA HAMMERS DUPONT WITH MULTIPLE CITATIONS

May 14, 2015, 6:14 pm

OSHA released a long battery of findings hammering the DuPont Chemical Plant in LaPorte Texas today, concluding a six month investigation into a chemical release of toxic methyl mercaptan that killed four workers last November.


Attorney asks for delay in federal penalties against BP

May 12, 2015, 8:42 am

An attorney for clients with claims against BP in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has asked a federal judge to delay a pending decision on how much the corporation will pay in penalties for environmental damage.


Five years since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

April 23, 2015, 9:00 am

Monday, April 20, 2015 marked five years since the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, causing the worst ecological catastrophe in human history. Eleven workers were killed and 17 injured by the initial blast, and over 200 million gallons of oil gushed out of the wellhead into the Gulf of Mexico. The effects in terms of environmental damage, human suffering, and economic hardship cannot be overstated, yet five years have passed and none of the perpetrators have been held accountable for their actions.


A drop in the ocean: Recovery projects worth $134 million proposed for BP oil spill

April 22, 2015, 9:50 am

Officials overseeing the cleanup of the Gulf of Mexico have proposed 10 new recovery projects, worth $134 million. The funds are part of a $1 billion fund set aside by BP to deal with the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the worst oil spill in US history.


Brent Coon calls BP oil spill settlement agreement a ‘buzzard,’ wants clients to opt-out

April 22, 2015, 9:46 am

One of Beaumont’s best known attorneys, Brent Coon, recently asked a federal judge to extend the BP oil spill settlement deadline and allow his clients to possibly opt-out.


BP Oil Spill MDL: Brent Coon Wants His Clients to Opt Out

April 22, 2015, 9:27 am

Class action plaintiffs who want to file economic and property claims in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill multidistrict litigation must do so by June 8. But Brent Coon of Brent Coon & Associates of Houston, who represents some 10,000 of those class members, is advising most of those clients not to file a claim; he has asked the court to extend a deadline, allowing his clients to opt out of the settlement.


People living along Gulf of Mexico still recovering from BP oil spill

April 20, 2015, 9:21 am

Despite five years of fines, settlements and criminal charges, the legal battle over the BP oil spill is far from complete. In 2010 an explosion on-board the Deepwater Horizon off shore drilling rig killed 11 people and led to the worst oil spill in U.S. history.


Brent Coon & Associates Files Important Motion Allowing People To Leave “Broken” BP Class Settlement

April 19, 2015, 5:44 pm

Claims Settlement is ‘not what was presented to victims’ and ‘the vast majority of claimants will receive nothing”

Louisiana, US District Court, Eastern District - The Law Firm of Brent Coon & Associates today filed a motion to “re-notice” the class settlement – meaning, to ask the court to send notice to all participating businesses and individuals, making them aware that they would have the opportunity to leave (opt-out of) the settlement should they wish to pursue other legal remedies.  Currently, only a very small percentage of people have been paid through the class and members of the class do not have the right to leave nor to seek further legal options as the class settlement required them to forfeit their right to sue BP.


Horizon Oil Spill, BP’s Most Vulnerable Victims Are Still Struggling

April 15, 2015, 5:33 pm

In the summer of 2014, Skyland Seafood quietly shut down. In Mobile, Alabama, where the shop had been located for 17 years, Skyland’s demise caused a small, heartfelt shock wave, said customer Alice Lang, 67, who regularly mourns the store’s closing in conversations with her neighbors. As she prepared her family’s Christmas gumbo, Lang added that she felt uncertain about the seafood she’d just bought. It was a worry she hadn’t had in years, because she trusted Phoung Nguyen, Skyland’s owner. “Phoung Nguyen was my seafood guy. With him, everything was fresh from the water,” she said.



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Oil Spill A/V (Audio/Video)

Brent Coon Radio Interview with INYR: Brent Coon on BP, how it has dealt with disasters in the past and on the latest developments with BP claims settlements.

BP Pays PR Trolls To Threaten Online Critics: Abby Martin speaks with investigative journalist Dahr Jamail, who has uncovered BP's online scheme to silence critics of their Gulf of Mexico

The Fighter and The Prince by the Old Guys - A song in honor and recognition of those workers who have been blacklisted or lost their lives working for BP.

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Explosion on Refinery Mexico - Explosion Angle #2

Grand Isle Mayor, David Camardelle, explains life on the small tourist destination since the 2010 BP Oil Spill

Airplanes "Parody" BP Oil Spill

Aliens From the Deep Check out the Oil Spill

Mr. BP Man

Video of the Month

Brent Coon Oil Spill Websites
BCA Oil Spill Refer Co Workers

Evidence Release

AUDIO - Oral Argument - Brent Coon In Re: Deepwater Horizon - Nov 4th

BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill Trial Materials
Click Here to View the Materials (Updated Daily)

A Study of the Economic Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Part One - Fisheries
Prepared by IEM

A Study of the Economic Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Part Two - Moratoria
Prepared by IEM

Plantiff's Memorandum in Response to the Court's Order of Sept 1st regarding the effect of the B1 Order on Other Claims (9/12/11)

GCCF Reports "Successes?"

While GCCF Reports "Successes" - State and Local governments strongly disagree, file major law suit.

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BP Not in Compliance

In 2009, OSHA and the Department of Labor found that BP was not in compliance with the original 2005 plea agreement put in effect after the Texas City Explosion. This document details OSHA's findings.

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BP's Refusal to Share Internal Documents

This letter from Transocean attorneys to BP documents BP’s refusal to share internal documents and data to assist all parties in the investigative process.

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Lessons Not Learned

At press conferences in the U.S. and overseas, BP spokespersons repeatedly say how “much they’ll learn.” This catchphrase also permeated their media messages five years ago in Texas City. The only problem is….they didn’t learn. And as they say it all again, history is destined to repeat itself until they actually do it.

Read the Overview
Lessons Learned - Broadribb - CCPS Conference
TCR Explosion- The Lessons Learned (Mogford speech in Orlando)
Fact_Sheet- BP_2009 Monitoring Inspection

The Cost of Human Life

When BP and Amoco merged, there were differences in each companies Risk Management Guidelines.  Of particular note, BP was not only willing, but “embraced the policy” of assigning a monetary value on the worth of human life for cost benefit analysis purposes. 

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Read the Document

The "Aircraft Carrier"

BP’s own personnel saying on March 23rd 2005 in a Texas refinery survey that if BP Texas City were an aircraft carrier, they’d be “at the bottom of the ocean” – hours later the refinery exploded and ironically, five years later, they ARE at the bottom of the ocean

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Read the Document

The "Schiavo" Document

An example of BP’s PR machine going into action less than three hours after the BP Texas City plant erupted in fire, saying that they thought the entire incident would be able to just "go away; due to the holiday weekend" and noting that Terry Schiavo was a big enough media issue to mask the tragedy.

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The "Schiavo" Document

Research and Stats

Distribution and concentrations of petroleum hydrocarbons associated with the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Gulf of Mexico

DRAFT INITIAL
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN:

Restoring the Gulf Coast’s
Ecosystem and Economy
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
May 2013

GULF COAST ECOSYSTEM
RESTORATION COUNCIL

Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment
for the Draft Initial Comprehensive Plan:
Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy

Florida Attorney General's Memo to BP

Economic Statistics of the BP Oil Spill
A Fact Sheet Provided by dpc.senate.gov

2010 Gulf Shrimp Landings Report
National Marine Fisheries Service

2010-2011 Texas Commercial Fishing Guide
Provided By Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Visit Florida Tourism Stats
Provided by VisitFlorida.com

Potential Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill on Tourism
Provided by Oxford Economics

 

Environmental News

A drop in the ocean: Recovery projects worth $134 million proposed for BP oil spill

April 22, 2015, 9:50 am

Officials overseeing the cleanup of the Gulf of Mexico have proposed 10 new recovery projects, worth $134 million. The funds are part of a $1 billion fund set aside by BP to deal with the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the worst oil spill in US history.


Government slams BP over Gulf cleanup assessment

March 18, 2015, 9:27 am

BP says the Gulf of Mexico is returning to normal, with the data not indicating any long-term damage to fish and bird populations and the area affected by the oil shrinking rapidly.


A Southern Town Struggles to Survive Four Years After the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

February 19, 2015, 1:55 pm

More than four years after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, stories of hard luck and poor health are not hard to find in Bayou La Batre, a small Alabama fishing village known as the state’s seafood capital.


Scientists Find Missing Oil From the Deepwater Horizon Disaster—Will It End Up on Your Plate?

February 19, 2015, 1:50 pm

The “missing” oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster has been found: It’s on the ocean floor dozens of miles off the Louisiana coast, according to a new study.


Scientists Find Where 84 Million Gallons of Oil From the Deepwater Horizon Disaster Went

February 19, 2015, 1:34 pm

When the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in April 2010, more than 200 million gallons of oil gushed from BP’s Macondo well into the Gulf of Mexico. Much of the petroleum from the United States’ largest oil spill ended up near the surface of the ocean or washed ashore. But the final destination of 84 million gallons has remained a mystery.


Restaurant owner upset after BP appeals settlement

February 12, 2015, 1:31 pm

The frustrating battle continues for many South Mississippians waiting to be paid by BP. Wednesday, one local business owner who has been expecting a settlement check instead received a letter from BP stating the company is appealing the settlement they already agreed to.


Oil from BP Spill Still Present on Alabama Coast: Researchers

December 4, 2014, 2:31 pm

A new study says oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster is still trapped in Alabama’s beaches four years later.


Gulf Oil Spill "Not Over": Dolphins, Turtles Dying in Record Numbers

April 11, 2014, 9:13 am

Originally posted by Christine Dell'Amore - National Geographic - April 8, 2014

Four years after the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, several species of wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico are still struggling to recover, according to a new report released today.

In particular, bottlenose dolphins and sea turtles are dying in record numbers, and the evidence is stronger than ever that their demise is connected to the spill, according to Doug Inkley, senior scientist for the National Wildlife Federation, which issued the report. (See "Gulf Oil Spill: One Year Later.")


25 Years After Exxon Valdez, BP Was the Hidden Culprit

March 26, 2014, 11:42 am

Originally posted by Greg Palast - truthdig.com - March 23, 2014

Two decades ago I was the investigator for the legal team that sold you the bullshit that a drunken captain was the principal cause of the Exxon Valdez disaster, the oil tanker crackup that poisoned over a thousand miles of Alaska’s coastline 25 years ago on March 24, 1989.

The truth is far uglier, and the real culprit—British Petroleum, now BP—got away without a scratch to its reputation or to its pocketbook.


Study finds Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused heart defects in young tuna, amberjack

March 25, 2014, 8:39 am

Originally posted by Craig Pittman - Tampa Bay Times - March 24, 2014

Oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster causes severe defects in the developing hearts of amberjack, bluefin and yellowfin tunas, federal scientists announced Monday.

Those heart defects likely mean an early death for those fish exposed to the oil, although what the further implications might be for the future of the species are unknown at this point. Bluefin tuna in particular are already a species in jeopardy, in part due to the demand from sushi restaurants.



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