Category Archives: Claims

I’ve been an environmental attorney for a while now, and at this stage of my career it takes a lot to shock me. But in the last four years, the arrogance of BP and its actions after devastating the Gulf of Mexico with its 5-million gallon oil spill fiasco has continually stunned me, time and time again. Sometimes, the British oil giant is so out there with its arrogance on [...]

Read More »
Posted in BP Spill, Claims, Commentary, Important Articles, Legal, Main, Oil Spill Facts, Recovery, Restoration, Spill Damages Tagged , , , , , ,

If you’ve been reading this blog regularly for the last four years, the notion that BP was grossly negligent in its actions linked to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon catastrophe won’t come as a surprise to you. It’s a well-established fact, by this point, that the British oil giant ignored a series of looming problems in its offshore deepwater rig. The Big Oil icon nevertheless pushed to keep cutting corners in the [...]

Read More »
Posted in BP Spill, Claims, Important Articles, Legal, Main, Ocean Life, Oil Spill Facts, Restoration, Victim Claims Tagged , , , , ,

Earlier this summer, I told you about an outrageous breech of promise by BP — how the oil giant was abruptly closing down an internal-claims program that was intended to help business owners who wanted to resolve their claims from the 2010 oil spill, quickly and fairly. This was supposed to be an alternate route for those who didn’t want to go through the burden of dealing with the court [...]

Read More »
Posted in BP Spill, Claims, Human Interest, Important Articles, Legal, Main, Oil Spill Facts, Spill Damages, Victim Claims Tagged , , , , , ,

This is the third and final installment in my in-depth report on how the Gulf is still suffering from the impact of BP’s recklessness. You can read the first two parts of the series here and here: Former Sarasota motel owner Dave Arnsby feels that he’s been victimized by BP – not once, but twice. When the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe spewed some 5 million gallons of crude oil into the [...]

Read More »
Posted in BP Spill, Claims, Human Interest, Important Articles, Legal, Main, Oil Spill Facts, Spill Damages Tagged , , , , ,

In a weird way, you have to give credit to BP. Every time that you think the British oil giant has hit a new low in trying to back out of its commitments to the people of the Gulf Coast — after destroying our most precious natural resources –, they manage to drill down a little lower. Just think about it: In recent months, we’ve seen BP go into court [...]

Read More »
Posted in BP Spill, Claims, Human Interest, Legal, Main, Spill Damages Tagged , , , , ,

There’s a new stench hovering over the Gulf Coast, and once again BP is responsible. This time, however, it is the sour smell of desperation.  I’ve told you several times in recent months that BP — after arguing strenuously and winning approval for an $8.7 billion Deepwater Horizon  settlement with Gulf residents and small business owners — is trying just as hard to renege on that obligation. In doing so, [...]

Read More »
Posted in BP Spill, Claims, Commentary, Important Articles, Legal, Main, Oil Spill Facts, Spill Damages, Victim Claims Tagged , , , ,

BP has got to be the most un-self-aware company in the history of global capitalism. The recent criminal trial in federal court here in New Orleans exposed the very worst of the British oil giant’s corporate culture: A firm that is desperate to delay, obfuscate, and cover up the true facts of its bad behavior from the people of the Gulf Coast. It was back in the first few days [...]

Read More »
Posted in BP Spill, Claims, Important Articles, Legal, Main, Oil Spill Facts, Victim Claims Tagged , , , , , ,

A couple of days ago I wrote about a new low for BP: Allegations that officials with the British oil giant or its massive PR firm Ogilvy & Mather may have been aware of an online social media smear campaign. The harassment targeted regular citizens who dared to criticize the company that — in case you’ve somehow forgotten — caused the death of 11 workers and spewed 5 million barrels [...]

Read More »
Posted in BP Spill, Claims, Legal, Main, Oil Spill Facts, Politics, Regulation Tagged , , , , ,

The most misunderstood — and arguably the most tragic — outcome of the 2010 BP oil spill is the very serious risk to an estimated 170,000 citizens who had some role in cleaning up the environmental disaster. A veritable army of civilians — some hired though BP, but many of them volunteers worried about the impact of some 5 million barrels of crude oil on the Gulf and its wildlife [...]

Read More »
Posted in BP Spill, Claims, Human Interest, Illnesses, Important Articles, Legal, Main, Oil Spill Facts, Recovery, Research, Response, Safety, Testing, Victim Claims Tagged , , , , , , , ,

New York Times columnist Joe Nocera won’t back down. Even though his past columns defending corporate polluter BP and its wanton recklessness and portraying Gulf Coast residents seeking justice as greedy fraudsters have been mocked and ridiculed in  many quarters, he was back on the case this week. Nocera seems to live an alternate universe where BP is the upstanding citizen and not the convicted criminal; in his column this [...]

Read More »
Posted in BP Spill, Claims, Legal, Main, Oil Spill Facts, Recovery, Spill Damages, Victim Claims Tagged , , , , , ,