Mystery ‘oil sheen’ grows near site of BP Gulf disaster, says researcher

By John Roach, Contributing Writer, NBC News A persistent, mysterious “oil sheen” in the Gulf of Mexico near the site of BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster grew to more than seven-miles long and one-mile wide during a recent stretch of calm seas, based on aerial observations made by a former NASA physicist turned environmental activist. “We [...]

For these spill victims, legalese is just one language barrier

Crabber Dung Tran, a Vietnamese immigrant, says the Gulf oil spill destroyed 300 of his crab traps and diminished the harvest. By Emily Pickrell December 2, 2012 CHAUVIN, LA. – Even the lawyers and accountants poring through the 1,200-page Gulf oil spill settlement sometimes grumble about deciphering the intentions in its legal language, and Vietnamese [...]

It’s Not Just Money Fears Blocking Access to Legal Help; Lawyer Distrust Is Growing

Posted Dec 1, 2012 2:20 AM CST By Rachel M. Zahorsky The fear of possibly unaffordable legal fees is paralyzing access to legal aid for a growing number of moderate-income Americans, as we reported in “Biloxi Blues” in last month’s ABA Journal. And while would-be clients, courts and lawyers struggle to find cost structures that [...]

Mississippi To Get 335-Million From BP Criminal Settlement

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 16 Nov 2012 06:02pm Hundreds of Millions of new dollars are headed to the Mississippi Gulf coast now that oil company BP has settled its criminal charges with the federal government. But, as MPB’s Jeffrey Hess reports, this settlement is not the end of the financial penalties the company could [...]

Judge to hear arguments Thursday on fairness of oil spill settlement

David Hammer / Eyewitness News Email: dhammer@wwltv.com | Twitter: @davidhammerWWL NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge in New Orleans is holding a hearing Thursday to decide whether BP’s settlement with thousands of oil spill claimants is fair. And billions of dollars are at stake – both for the claimants and their lawyers. A committee of [...]

Exxon Valdez could affect settlement on BP oil spill

Posted on September 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm by Emily Pickrell in Accidents, General, Gulf Oil Disaster As a federal judge prepares to rule on a proposed settlement related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, attorneys were in his New Orleans courtroom Friday arguing over how to apply a law passed in response to [...]

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