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SMSH Legal remembers Deepwater Horizon client in wake of movie release

Deepwater Horizon was released nationwide today in theaters, more than six years after the explosion claimed the lives of 11 crew members and left an estimated 3.19 million barrels of oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.  The movie is expected to chronicle the events that led up to and during the catastrophe in what


Millions Recovered in Platform Explosion

Our client was injured in the Transocean explosion. Client Received Total: $3,038,266.01 Our client was injured in the Transocean explosion. Client Received Total: $2,930,584.34 Our client was injured in the Transocean explosion. Client Received Total: $2,586,656.93


BP Workers Charged In Deepwater Horizon Deaths

Two BP workers have been charged in the deaths of 11 people  in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine, the highest-ranking BP employees aboard the Deepwater Horizon when the explosion occurred, have been charged with manslaughter, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday. They are accused of disregarding


BP To Pay $4.5 Billion, Plead Guilty to Felonies In Deepwater Horizon Disaster

BP has agreed to plead guilty to felony charges, as well as pay $4.5 billion in penalties, in relation to the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that left 11 workers dead and resulted in a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil giant announced it would plead guilty to 11 felony counts


Unexploded Munitions In Gulf Pose Threat To Offshore Drilling

Millions of pounds of unexploded bombs deposited in the Gulf of Mexico after World War II are posing a threat to offshore drilling, Texas oceanographers say. The United States and other governments disposed of munitions and chemical weapons in the oceans until the practice was banned by federal law and international treaties in the 1970s. Now,


Tests Confirm Isaac Churned Up Oil From BP Spill

Globs of oil found on two Louisiana beaches  after Hurrican Isaac has been confirmed as coming from the 2010 BP oil spill. Louisiana State University tested the oil, found on Elmer’s Island and Grand Isle, for state wildlife officials. It was found to match the biological fingerprint of the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil


Federal Safety Rules Released For Offshore Drilling

A final set of federal safety regulations were issued last week for offshore drilling . The rules are a fine-tuning of the emergency measures enacted after the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill. The rules deal with how wells are designed and the testing of the cement and barriers that are used to secure


Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Chemicals Used In Oil Spill Cleanup

A coalition of environmental groups from five states filed a lawsuit  Monday in federal court claiming the Environmental Protection Agency rules on chemical dispersants used in oil spill cleanups do not adhere to clean water standards. The lawsuit says the EPA has not published regulations on acceptable use of such dispersants in response to oil spills. More


Brazil Investigation: Chevron’s Offshore Oil Leak Larger Than Estimated

A report by Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency reveals that an offshore oil leak near a Chevron well in 2011 could have been prevented and was larger than previously estimated. Previous estimates put the leak at 110,000 gallons, which Chevron says it sticks by. But the Brazilian agency says about 155,000 gallons leaked into the ocean.


Transocean Safety Record Troubles Norway Offshore Drilling Regulators

The maritime lawyers at our firm are no strangers to Transocean’s sorry safety record. Now, offshore petroleum safety regulators in Norway have also criticized the company for its frequent violations of regulations. The Norway Petroleum Safety Authority has ordered Transocean improve its maintenance oversight. The order came after an audit, carried out by the agency,


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