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Group uses hair and animal fur to clean up oil spills

As the massive oil slick spreads throughout the northern Gulf of Mexico, a number of grassroots organizations that focus on oil spill cleanup are coming to light. Matter of Trust, for instance, is a San Francisco-based charitable operation that finds uses for manmade and natural surpluses in healthy, environmentally friendly ways. One of the surpluses Matter of Trust uses is human and pet hair, which the organization’s workers convert into oil recovery mats and booms used to combat oil spills. Human and animal hair (including waste wool clippings) and feathers are naturally extremely oil absorbent, so they are the perfect ... Read More

BP's liability for Gulf oil spill could be minimal

The impact of BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is impossible to determine because it ultimately depends on how long it will take to contain the leaks. But one thing is certain: the costs will reach into the tens of billions of dollars at the very least. Can Americans expect the oil giant, which posted profits of $6.08 billion in the first quarter of 2010 alone, to pay for all the damage that the company’s disregard for safety and lack of disaster failsafes created? According to BP CEO Tony Hayward, probably not. BP and the other oil corporations have a ... Read More

21 years later Exxon still fights liability for the Valdez oil spill

On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spilled 11 million gallons of North Slope crude oil into the Alaska’s Prince William Sound, one of the cleanest, most unspoiled coastal ecosystems in America. More than two decades later, animals and residents continue to suffer from the spill’s devastating effects, and scientists say that it could be another 2 decades before the area fully recovers. However, even though millions of fish, sea birds, bald eagles, seals, otters, whales and other creatures suffered agonizing deaths as a result of Exxon’s spill, and even though many of the local communities so dependent ... Read More

Beasley Allen files class action on behalf of Louisiana businesses affected by the BP oil spill

Lawsuit filed on behalf of individuals and businesses in Louisiana, which supplies up to 40 percent of seafood caught in continental U.S. and nearly 75 percent of shrimp caught in U.S. MONTGOMERY, ALA. (May 5, 2010)  – Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. has filed a class action lawsuit (2:10-cv-01344) on behalf of Louisiana businesses affected by the BP oil spill. The suit filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana was filed on behalf of plaintiff Gulf Crown Seafood Inc., based in Delcambre, Louisiana, and seeks to represent individuals and businesses that have incurred damages related to the ... Read More

BP tried to buy legal rights of Gulf fishermen for $5,000

British Petroleum (BP) representatives have been actively recruiting fishermen in the coastal communities of South Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida to help with its oil containment efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. Before going to work, however, the fishermen were required to sign a contract that would forfeit their right to sue BP for lost work and damages related to the massive oil leak in the future. BP sought to recruit 500 fishing boats to deploy boom around the oil mass, which specialists say is difficult to measure because it is constantly growing, changing sizes, and shifting. Some estimates say that ... Read More

Feds eye Halliburton as investigations of Gulf oil disaster move forward

With federal investigations into the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon underway, more and more attention is being shifted to Halliburton, the oil-services corporation hired by British Petroleum (BP) to cement the wellhead from which hundreds of thousands of crude oil are spouting every day. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Halliburton workers had completed filling the gap between the pipe and the sides of the drill hole with cement and had started plugging the well temporarily when a blowout explosion likely occurred. Investigators haven’t determined whether Halliburton completed the cementing when the blast occurred. According to the Wall Street Journal, ... Read More

Whistleblower: BP risks more massive catastrophes in Gulf

A former contractor who worked for British Petroleum (BP) claims the oil conglomerate broke federal laws and violated its own internal procedures by failing to maintain crucial safety and engineering documents related to one of the firms other deepwater production projects in the Gulf of Mexico, according to internal emails and other documents obtained by Truthout. The whistleblower, whose name has been withheld at the person’s request because the whistleblower still works in the oil industry and fears retaliation, first raised concerns about safety issues related to BP Atlantis, the world’s largest and deepest semi-submersible oil and natural gas platform, ... Read More

Alabama's Beasley Allen files oil spill suit

Montgomery law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles PC filed a class action lawsuit against BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The law firm filed a complaint against BP – officially called British Petroleum – in attempts to recoup losses for individuals and businesses that have incurred damages related to the disaster, such as property damages, loss of profits and loss of commercial and subsistence use of natural resources, according to a written statement. The oil spill happened early last week when an explosion caused the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico to sink. As a ... Read More

Beasley Allen files class action case over BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

MONTGOMERY, ALA. (April 30, 2010) – Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. has filed a class action lawsuit against British Petroleum (“BP”) and several other companies with ties to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The firm seeks to represent individuals and businesses that have incurred damages related to the disaster, including; real property damages; personal property damages; loss of profits and earning capacity; loss of commercial and subsistence use of natural resources; increased costs of public services; and, loss of revenues. The oil spill resulted from the explosion and sinking of the oil platform Deepwater Horizon in the ... Read More