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According to an article by consumer advocate Erin Brockovich, a gas leak in Southern California could be the worst environmental disaster since the 2010 BP oil spill. The article includes details about a leak in an underground natural gas pipe near the town of Porter Ranch. The gas leak has been cited as the cause

BP Files Motion To Dismiss BP Oil Spill Lawsuits

December 23rd, 2015 by Amaro Law Firm

Attorneys with the troubled oil company filed a motion last week asking that a federal judge dismiss any BP oil spill lawsuits related to a 2010 moratorium on drilling. The BP oil spill lawsuits claim that the six-month moratorium, which ran from May to December of 2010, cost hundreds of oil field workers their jobs

Mexican Group Files BP Oil Spill Lawsuit

December 17th, 2015 by Amaro Law Firm

Attorneys for a non-governmental organization in Mexico are filing a class action BP oil spill lawsuit seeking damages related to the 2010 disaster. The group launched the suit against two American and two Mexican subsidiaries of the oil giant this week. The Mexican group’s BP oil spill lawsuit seeks compensation for the cleanup efforts along

Anadarko Fined $159M For BP Oil Spill Role

December 2nd, 2015 by Amaro Law Firm

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier announced that Anadarko Petroleum Corp. would face fines of $159 million for its part in the 2010 BP oil spill. As part-owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, the company could have faced fines of up to $3.5 billion, or $1,100 per barrel spilled during the BP oil spill disaster.

A letter from 53 House members to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch seeks to stop the oil giant from taking a massive tax deduction on their BP oil spill settlement payments. The letter claims that the company seeks to deduct a portion of its $20.8 billion in BP oil spill settlement payments from its federal

BP Oil Spill Engineer Convicted Of Misdemeanor

November 18th, 2015 by Amaro Law Firm

Kurt Mix, a BP oil spill engineer who deleted text messages around the same time as the 2010 disaster, was convicted of a single misdemeanor earlier this month. The misdemeanor conviction carries no jail time and no fine. The BP oil spill engineer had previously faced federal charges of obstruction of justice. Federal prosecutors alleged

Researchers at the University of Georgia found that the chemicals used as BP oil spill dispersants inhibited the ability of oil-eating microbes to break down the dangerous hydrocarbons. The study found that Corexit, one of the major BP oil spill dispersants used to break up the spill, inhibited the reproduction of the oil-eating bacteria Marinobacter.

Study: BP Oil Spill Tied To Lower Dolphin Birth Rates

November 4th, 2015 by Amaro Law Firm

A study published in a British science journal found that the BP oil spill caused “long-lasting” effects on the Gulf Coast dolphin population. The study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Academy of Sciences in Britain, found that bottlenose dolphins in an estuary south of New Orleans suffered from chronic lung diseases and lower

Gulf Coast States Announce Transocean Settlement

October 28th, 2015 by Amaro Law Firm

The five Gulf Coast states affected by the BP oil spill reached a Transocean settlement with the company that supervised the oil rig operations. The terms of the Transocean settlement were not announced, nor were the amounts that each state would receive. The settlement was part of a motion filed in federal court this week

Florida Mayor Announces BP Oil Spill Settlement Plans

October 21st, 2015 by Amaro Law Firm

St. Petersburg, Florida, Mayor Rick Kriseman announced his proposal on how the city would spend the $6.5 million it received in the BP oil spill settlement. The BP oil spill settlement proposal included several projects with an emphasis on environmental preservation and resource conservation. Mayor Kriseman told reporters at a news conference that the funds