While events leading up to the oil spill disaster are still being investigated, it is apparent that the scope of this accident is widespread and has already created detrimental consequences.
Since April 20, 2010, the Gulf Coast from southeastern Louisiana to Florida has become contaminated with massive amounts of oil from the explosion and sinking of the BP PLC drilling rig. This terrible Gulf Coast oil spill has not only damaged environmental homeostasis, but also placed several workers, family members of missing workers feared to be dead, and various business owners and private contractors in financial, physical, and psychological turmoil.
According to reports, it wasn’t until April 24 that officials announced that there was a valid and serious oil spill. Before this time, the oil spill disaster was brushed-off as minimally damaging. It was declared on April 25 that attempts were being made to stop the flow of oil through robot submarines and that a relief well may take many months to drill in order to cut off the flow. By April 26, the 5,000 foot deep leaking well in the ocean off the coast of Louisiana made an oil sheen and emulsified crude slick with a circumference of about 600 miles and covered about 28,600 square miles.
Seven days after the oil spill accident occurred, executives of oil producer BP PLC met with Obama administration officials. While Louisiana Governor Jindal issued an emergency declaration in the Gulf of Mexico oil leak on April 29, the Louisiana National Guard was not called in to provide assistance until the next day.
Reports from May 4, 2010 state that 1,200 members of the Louisiana National Guard are currently supplying command and control and sandbagging support. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates gave approval for requests from Alabama, Mississippi and Florida to have their National Guard units operating under title 32 status. This means that if National Guard members are asked to assist in efforts for the oil cleanup, all costs will be compensated for by the federal government. An Associated Press article noted on May 4, 2010 that the undersea well has been releasing about 200,000 gallons of oil a day.
While it is almost impossible at this time for anyone to know the potential long-term effects of this oil spill on an environmental and economic level, it is everyone’s hope that oil spill disasters like this one will never happen again. If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident or experienced severe financial losses due to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill, contact the Florida oil spill economic loss attorneys at Farah & Farah today for a consultation of your situation.