Oil Rig Explosions
Injured in an explosion?
An explosion on a British Petroleum (BP) oil rig on April 20 resulted in an oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico. According to a report by Bloomberg Business dated May 3, the spill is likely to threaten production, shipping, and refining of oil and natural gas along the coastline, an area that accounts for 19% of U.S. refining capacity. So far three natural gas platforms have been shut down due to the spill. The effect the oil rig explosion will have on the environment, commerce, and business is still not fully known, but reports suggest the consequences of this oil spill will be disastrous.
Some even speculate it could be worse than the Exxon Valdez disaster of 1989, which is widely believed to be one of the worst human-caused environmental disasters in history. In addition to threatening the oil and natural gas production, the spill has already affected the business of shrimpers, fisherman, and oysterers. Furthermore, if the spill continues to grow and drift toward New Orleans, it could prevent ships from entering or exiting the Mississippi River, as well as deliveries to the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port. It is also believed the spill could reach the coastline, and if and when it does it could cause damage to homes and property.
Affected by the Houston oil rig explosion/oil spill?
The oil rig explosion resulted in a spill the size of the state of Maryland. It's certain that people's businesses will suffer, that injuries will be sustained, and that property will be damaged. If you are suffering from the effects of the oil spill, an attorney at The Doan Law Firm, P.C. can help. You may be able to take legal action and recover compensation for both economic and non-economic damages.