An oil spill--such as the one that occurred after the Deepwater Horizon explosion--is one of the most traumatic things that can occur to individuals, residents, and businesses. Not only is the environmental impact enormous, but it can have a dramatic effect on business, as well as people's health. For this reason, if you have been impacted by such an oil spill, it is very important that you do not hesitate to get the help that you need from an experienced maritime lawyer at Arnold & Itkin as soon as possible.
To learn more about recent oil spills and our firm's involvement, please read our latest blogs!
On March 22, a barge carrying 920,000 gallons of bunker oil collided with a 585-foot-long ship in the Texas City dike in Galveston Bay. At the time, the barge was being towed by a tugboat named Miss Susan from Texas City to Bolivar Peninsula. Both the barge and the tugboat are owned by Kirby Inland Marine.
In the aftermath of the collision, it became clear that a substantial amount of oil had leaked into the water, as one of the barge's tanks had sprung a leak. Captain Brian Penoyer of the U.S. Coast Guard stated "This is a significant spill." It is estimated that around 168,000 gallons of oil have been dumped into the dike; already, oil has been detected 12 miles offshore into the Gulf of Mexico.
With extensive experience, our law firm is proud to stand up and fight for the rights of those affected by serious oil spills. We strongly believe that responsible companies should be held liable for their actions and those victimized by such incidents should be justly compensated. This is just one of the reasons that we were so proud to help nearly a third of the crewmembers hurt in the Deepwater Horizon accident, as well as countless other clients who have had cases involving oil spills and all of the related ramifications.
We are proud to offer legal assistance to the following:
In one case, Attorney Kurt Arnold helped represent Louisiana landowners who were looking to file a lawsuit against big oil companies following serious contamination on their properties. The plaintiffs in this case had the land in question in their name for generations and were concerned about the impact of oilfield operations. We took on the case and found that many of the companies had not followed proper policies and procedures for containing oil and other foreign elements; we also discovered that they had not cleaned up their operations or removed the equipment once production stopped. In the end, our firm was able to negotiate a $9 million settlement for the landowners, as well as full restoration, which forced the companies to clean up the properties properly.
Other victories we have had with oil & gas cases:
While most recent memory brings the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to mind, there has actually been a lot of enormous spills throughout history. Below, we provide information regarding 10 of the largest spills.
1991 Kuwait (240 to 226 Million Gallons):
Iraqi troops opened oil well valves and pipelines in an attempt to slow troops that followed them.
1997 Bay of Campeche (140 Million Gallons):
An explosion occurred in the Bay of Campeche in Mexico. The oil spill lasted for roughly 10 months.
1979 Trinidad & Tobago (88.3 Million Gallons):
Two supertankers collided in the Caribbean near West Indies, causing the largest oil spill to ever be caused by a ship.
1992 Uzbekistan (87.7 Million Gallons):
In Fergana Valley, an oil well began to spill, leading to one of the largest inland spills to ever occur.
1983 Persian Gulf (80 Million Gallons):
During the Iran-Iraq War, an oil tanker crashed and damaged a well. This well began to leak roughly 1500 barrels a day.
Injured in an accident causing an oil spill? Has your business trickled to nothing due to reduced tourism? No matter the root of your problems, you can trust our oil spill lawyers to help. We are experienced in maritime, personal injury, and business law and can bring all of our extensive experience to work for you. We have represented everyone from fisher boat captains to publicly traded companies, as well as workers who were injured in the Deepwater Horizon accident that caused one of the largest environmental disasters in our nation's history. We know the ropes of the law, and we are prepared to help represent you.
To learn more about firm and how we can help with oil spill claims, do not hesitate to contact us.
Arnold & Itkin represented nearly a third of the crewmembers injured in the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Because maritime law is so complex and so complicated, it is crucial that you work with an attorney who has an in-depth understanding of how it works and who has proven themselves in similar cases before.