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Friday, July 9, 2010

BP Oil Spill Cleanup Efforts Fall Short of Company's Estimates

Last winter, several months before the catastrophic BP oil spill which has ravaged the Gulf Coast, BP officials assured the federal government that they had the ability to skim approximately 500,000 barrels of oil daily in the event of a serious accident. However, it appears that this estimate grossly overshot the reality of the oil company's ability.

In the 78 days since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig sank off of the Gulf Coast, BP has only collected approximately 67,000 barrels in total, which equates to about 900 barrels a day. This is drastically lower than the 38 million barrels that would have been skimmed had BP's estimate been accurate. Since late April, approximately 2 million barrels of oil have been pouring into the Gulf of Mexico.

Several factors have hindered the skimming effort, including:

• The slow response of emergency workers
• Inadequate supplies and equipment
• Untrained cleanup crews
• Adverse weather conditions

Unfortunately, BP's miscalculation of their clean-up abilities has left many Gulf Coast residents without proper recourse to preserve the delicate ecosystem in which they live.

The toxic tort attorneys at The Cochran Firm can help you receive the compensation you deserve if you have suffered financial hardships as a result of the BP oil spill. We are a large national law firm with the resources necessary to take on the high-powered legal teams employed by the major oil companies.

Please contact our toxic tort attorneys today to schedule your free initial consultation. The Cochran Firm serves clients nationwide.

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