Posts Tagged ‘Oil Spill’

Gov. Jindal Calls for BP to Fund $173 Million Seafood Monitoring Program

August 20th, 2010 | Posted in BP Oil Spill, Local Issues, National Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

As news surfaced today that scientists have discovered a 22-mile-long plume of underwater oil extending to the southwest of the BP oil well that exploded months ago, we are reminded that the long-term effects of the spill have yet to be fully determined.

Photo Courtesy of Ibspro.net

In an effort to maintain safety and stability in the affected region, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is supporting a proposal that would call for BP to invest $173 million in a fund that would support monitoring the safety and quality of the state’s seafood for the next 5 years.

BP has currently agreed to a plan that would provide $13 million dollars for a 3-year monitoring program with the possibility of extension but has yet to respond to Governor Jindal’s request.

Louisiana produces roughly one third of the United States’ domestic seafood – an industry which contributes about $2 billion every year to the state’s economy. Part of Governor Jindal’s proposal involves BP footing the bill for large scale marketing campaigns designed to alleviate national concerns over the safety of the region’s seafood.

If you or a loved one have been affected by the Oil Spill, time is of the essence to ensure that you take the actions necessary to allow you to receive the compensation you are due. We recommend that you attend the open house as well as contacting Bloom Legal at 504-599-9997 to schedule a free consultation to learn about how we can advocate for you today.

Oil Spill Open House to Answer Residents’ Questions this Week

August 16th, 2010 | Posted in BP Oil Spill, Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

BP and the U.S. Coast Guard have scheduled to host an open house at the Sigur Civic Center in Chalmette this Thursday, August 19, to answer questions about the oil spill response.

Photo Courtesy of ThePoliticalCarnival.net

Representatives from BP, the state Department of Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Labor, NOAA, and the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be present. Topics of discussion will include the various efforts being undertaken as part of the oil spill response as well as resources for those affected by the spill.

This open house is likely to be a valuable resource for those in the local area who believe that they have been negatively affected by the BP Oil Spill and may provide the information necessary to determine whether those individuals have claims against BP or other organizations.

The Sigur Civic Center is located at 8245 W. Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette, La.:

View Larger Map

If you or a loved one have been affected by the Oil Spill, time is of the essence to ensure that you take the actions necessary to allow you to receive the compensation you are due. We recommend that you attend the open house as well as contacting Bloom Legal at 504-599-9997 to schedule a free consultation to learn about how we can advocate for you today.

New Orleans Selected as Location for Upcoming Oil Spill Litigation!

August 10th, 2010 | Posted in BP Oil Spill, Local Issues, National Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has reached a consensus that the slew of upcoming Oil Spill Litigation Cases will be tried in federal court in New Orleans before Judge Carl J. Barbier.

Photo Courtesy of TopNews.net

Early speculation following the Oil Spill indicated that the primary locations for the eventual litigation were either going to be Houston: Oil Company Headquarters or Louisiana: the State most immediately impacted by the Oil Spill. This marks a small victory for Louisiana and the victims of the Oil Spill after months of uncertainty as the time-consuming and costly prospect of traveling far from their homes to participate in litigation cases has now been eliminated.

Additionally, the upcoming caseload is expected to drive an economic influx to New Orleans and the surrounding affected region.

This announcement serves as a reminder that now is the time to determine your options and entitlements and set in motion the process of filing your claims against BP. If you or a loved one have been affected by the Oil Spill, time is of the essence to ensure that you take the actions necessary to ensure that you receive the compensation you are due.

Contact Bloom Legal today at 504-599-9997 to set up a free consultation and discuss how we can advocate for you.

Obama Supports Plan to Pay Out 80% of BP Penalties to the Gulf Coast

August 9th, 2010 | Posted in BP Oil Spill, Legislation, Local Issues, National Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

President Obama’s top advisor on energy and climate change issued a statement today that indicated that he would be supporting an initiative proposed by Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu that would result in the allocation of 80% of federal penalties imposed upon BP to the Gulf Coast region.

Photo Courtesy of BayNews9.com

With penalties expected to total at least $5 billion, Louisiana could stand to receive as much as $2.5 billion dollars to support coastal restoration. This is certainly good news for all of those whose lives and livelihoods have been dramatically affected by the Oil Spill and its long term ramifications.

In light of these developments, it is becoming increasingly important that those who believe that they hold legitimate claims against BP as a result of the Oil Spill become informed of their rights and options with regard to compensation. If you believe that you or someone you know may be in a position to receive compensation from BP, contact Bloom Legal at 504-599-9997 to schedule a free consultation.

‘Static Kill’ Procedure Appears To Be Working To Seal Well

August 4th, 2010 | Posted in BP Oil Spill, Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

BP announced today that the procedure involving pumping heavy mud into its damaged oil well known as a ‘static kill’ appears to have been successful and that the company will be able to begin the process of permanently sealing the well with concrete in the coming days.

Following this, the company will begin work drilling two relief wells that, if successful, should manage to eliminate any threat of future leaks from the well in question.

The successful effort to bring the stricken well under control is certainly welcome news to residents of the affected area which, along with news that approximately three-quarters of the oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico has either been eliminated or diluted to a point of non-threat, are both indications that original predictions of the severity of the spill may have been overestimations.

The remaining oil in the Gulf (approximately 26% of the total spilled, or 53 million gallons) does, however, represent an amount nearly 5 times that of the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989 and the long-term ramifications of the presence of the oil are likely not yet fully understood. Additionally, the impact of the interruption of operations of many local businesses will certainly be leaving many residents struggling to recover for months if not years.

If you believe that you or someone you know has been adversely affected by the Gulf Oil Spill, contact Bloom Legal at 504-599-9997 before accepting any sort of compensation from BP to make sure that your best interests are being kept in mind. For further information about the state of the Oil Spill and the steps being taken to begin the litigation process please visit: http://www.bloomlegal.com/Oil-Gas-Litigation/

BP Announces Immediate Action Claims Team For Businesses With Critical Cash Flow Needs

August 3rd, 2010 | Posted in BP Oil Spill, Local Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

In a statement released today, BP announced that in order to expedite the claims process for businesses experiencing critical cash flow shortages as a result of the oil spill that it would begin referring business owners to an Immediate Action Claims Team with the authority to make quick decisions and awards.

With this new program, BP apparently will be relaxing the documentation requirements for filing a claim to accept 2008 or 2009 tax returns that can prove the equivalent of a 3-month interruption of business. BP has announced that it will also be using the Immediate Action Claims Team to expedite 2nd or 3rd payments to business owners who have already been approved for compensation but whose cash flow issues are so pressing as to demand immediate payment.

If you are a business owner experiencing cash flow issues as a result of an interruption or reduction of business because of the oil spill, you may stand to benefit from this service which can be reached at 800-573-8249. If you intend to file for a claim from BP, however, it is advisable to consult with an attorney prior to accepting any form of payment. Contact Bloom Legal today at (504) 599-9997 to discuss your options when it comes to Oil Spill Litigation.

2nd Oil Spill in 3 Months Flows in Michigan

July 30th, 2010 | Posted in BP Oil Spill, Local Issues, National Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

An oil spill flowing from a breached pipeline into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan was reported earlier this week and is now estimated to have released 800,000 gallons into the surrounding areas prompting the declaration of a State of Emergency in Kalamazoo County. This spill, now the second to affect US territory in only 3 months, has many outraged about the safety regulations governing oil companies as well as federal agencies’ abilities to enforce them.

Photo Courtesy of mtu.edu

In contrast to the Deepwater Horizon Spill which is still affecting the Gulf Coast Region, Enbridge (the Canadian company that owns the breached pipeline), has issued statements assuring residents that the company will undertake substantial cleanup efforts and remain in the area until their work has been deemed satisfactory by those affected. Local residents have, however, expressed skepticism about the genuineness of these claims which are generally considered to be an effort to avoid the PR snafus experienced by BP in the early period following the Gulf Oil Spill.

This new oil spill serves as a reminder of the severe impact which industrial accidents can have both on the ecosystems and wildlife of affected areas as well as the livelihoods and properties of the residents of those areas.

If you believe that you or someone you know has been adversely affected by the Gulf Oil Spill, contact Bloom Legal at 504-599-9997 before accepting any sort of compensation from BP to make sure that your best interests are being kept in mind. For further information about the state of the Oil Spill and the steps being taken to begin the litigation process please visit: http://www.bloomlegal.com/Oil-Gas-Litigation/

BP to replace Hayward as Chief Executive

July 26th, 2010 | Posted in BP Oil Spill by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

News broke today that Tony Hayward, the BP CEO at the center of a storm of public relations snafus in the early period of the Gulf Oil Spill disaster, will be stepping down in October. Hayward is rumored to be moving to handle the company’s operations in Russia while being replaced by BP’s first American chief executive, Robert Dudley.

Dudley, a native of Mississippi, has been portrayed favorably by the media as a result of his clean track record (relative to some of his colleagues) of integrity and a commitment to following safety regulations. His promotion is also likely an effort on the part of BP to attempt to reassure concerned shareholders of the company’s priorities.

In the period following the Oil Spill and as the process for litigation becomes more clear, we must hope that BP’s new management will demonstrate the commitment necessary to begin to make things right in the Gulf region. Regardless of what BP does proactively to begin to make amends, if you believe that you or someone you know has been adversely affected by the Oil Spill, contact Bloom Legal at 504-599-9997 before accepting any sort of compensation from BP to make sure that your best interests are being kept in mind.

For further information about the state of the Oil Spill and the steps being taken to begin the litigation process please visit: http://www.bloomlegal.com/Oil-Gas-Litigation/

BP Cap Holding, but New Leaks Develop

July 21st, 2010 | Posted in BP Oil Spill by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

The new cap put on the gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico seems to be
holding, but several leaks have been discovered in and around the well.
While officials say that the leaks are not a current cause for concern
since the pressure in the well is still rising (albeit at a slower than
anticipated rate), they are certainly worth watching in the next couple
days to see if the leaks become larger in size.

As much as every American wants to believe that the disaster is on its
way to being controlled, any sort of leak is not going to help
perceptions very much. The public relations damage has already been
done, and it might take much more than a cap holding steady for a few
days for people to fully believe that everything is downhill from here
(especially considering that most of the economic damage has yet to be
felt). While everyone hopes the new leaks do not develop into something
more and that we have truly seen the last of the oil to be spilled in
the gulf, the phrase “I’ll believe it when I see it” seems pretty
appropriate here. And in my opinion, we certainly haven’t seen “it”
yet.

BP in the Business of “Making it Right”? Doesn’t Seem So

July 13th, 2010 | Posted in BP Oil Spill by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Throughout the Gulf oil disaster, BP has claimed numerous times that it is going to do whatever it takes to make things right. The company has stated that it will honor all legitimate claims and will pay out accordingly. However, instead of “making things right”, BP has started reducing payments to Louisianans who have filed for compensation for losses because the company has deemed their files incomplete. Rather than simply inform the approximately 40,000 people who have incomplete files of their status or make an attempt to collect alternative forms of documentation, BP is cutting payments in what seems to be a blatant attempt to save money. Further proof of BP’s policy of reducing its financial liability will be illustrated when the company soon begins adjusting claims downward based on the seasonally decreased nature of fishing.
I may not be speaking for everyone, but in my opinion it does not seem that BP is actually trying to “make it right”, as their press releases and commercials continuously claim. BP is making it clear that they are in the business of saving money, especially at the expense of the local fisherman. Before you or your loved ones accept a quick check from BP which may block you from any further claim against the company, please contact me at 504-599-9997 so that I can make sure your interests are being protected. After all, BP is not in the business of making you whole; they are in the business of making you go away quietly.

Available 24/7. Call 1-877-NOLATIX for immediate help.