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Friday, June 25, 2010

Economic and Environmental Disaster in New Orleans, Louisiana

On April 20, 2010 while the Deepwater Horizon oil rig was deep-water drilling in the fragile ecosystem off the coast of Louisiana, an explosion and catastrophic fire resulted in the death of eleven workers, injuries to many others, the sinking of the oil rig and the release of a massive oil spill that continues almost two months later. This oil spill is considered to be the most devastating environmental disaster in history.

It is estimated the oil spill will result in $2.5 billion in losses to the fishing industry and over $3 billion in losses to the tourism industry with untold damage done to the fragile ecosystem along the coast that is being fouled by the oil spill. The oil spill also represents a serious threat to the health of the residents of Louisiana as oil contamination has been linked to an increased risk of cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. British Petroleum, the principal developer of this oil field is the responsible party for this disastrous event.

The environmental and toxic tort attorneys at The Cochran Firm have many years of experience in handling cases that deal with damages caused by the exposure to toxic substances due to the negligence of oil companies and others involved in dealing with toxic chemicals and substances. A toxic tort refers to a specific kind of personal injury that occurs as a result of exposure to toxic materials such as an oil spill. The scope of this oil spill and the effect it will have on the livelihoods and health of the residents of Louisiana for decades to come is overwhelming.

If you are a Gulf Coast resident and have been affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill financially, physically or emotionally, please contact the environmental and toxic tort attorneys at The Cochran Firm today to learn what you can do to help yourself cope with the devastating results of this disaster.


posted by Benjamin A. Irwin at 11:16 AM

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