Although BP-funded cleanup efforts for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill have ended in every Gulf Coast state except Louisiana, a recent report implies that BP and the U.S. Coast Guard have underestimated the amount of work still to be done. Last week, a BP spokesman said in a published report that cleanup and recovery in Louisiana is “nearly complete.” But in its most recent monthly report and meeting last week, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) criticized BP and the Coast Guard—which responds to reports of errant oil and directs mitigation—for downplaying the amount of oil yet to be cleaned. Drue Banta Winters, an attorney who handles BP environmental response issues for the state of Louisiana, told the CPRA that some 200 miles of the state’s coastline remained polluted with oil from the disaster. Winters added that more than 2 million pounds of oil spill-related residue including tar mats and tar balls were removed from Louisiana beaches in April and May compared to just more than 4,000 pounds of material in the other Gulf Coast states impacted by the oil spill. The Mobile, Alabama, oil spill attorneys at Long & Long are dedicated to helping business owners and property owners file claims for revenue loss, property damage and diminution of property value suffered in the wake of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Many who own businesses or properties in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, and are eligible to file claims under the terms of last year’s multidistrict lawsuit settlement have not yet done so. Our oil spill lawyers are currently evaluating potential claims related to:
If you lost business income or experienced property value loss following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill and have not yet filed a claim, please contact Long & Long online or call 251-432-2277 for your free consultation.