posted on Apr, 21 2013 @ 01:04 PM
Phase one of the first major trial to come of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe has concluded. Almost 3 years following the events that led to the
historic levels of pollution and damage to the Gulf of Mexico as well as those who depend on it, some answers may finally be building. We can hope.
The first phase was to apportion blame among BP and its contractors, including Halliburton, which made the cement used to seal the Macondo well;
and Transocean the owner of the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon oil rig.
Phase two is where they will look at more technical questions such as how much actually released into the environment during the uncontrolled
The trial was brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, Gulf Coast states and private plaintiffs.
After attorneys for BP rested their case Wednesday, plaintiffs' attorneys declined rebuttal, and the trial came to a close. There were no
This is a busy time all around for the filing and pursuing of lawsuits to BP and those related to this disaster. Deadlines and cut off dates have
loomed and by the time of this post, have now passed. All those with reason to sue had better have filed them ...or forever hold their peace on this,
Hundreds of new lawsuits against BP, Transocean, Halliburton and other contractors were filed in Federal Court this week as the deadline to
file-oil spill lawsuits approached. Many were from people or businesses that do not want to participate in the settlement, do not qualify, or who
presented claims to BP and were ignored or rejected. Their statute of limitations expires
As the story concludes by saying, BP was found guilty of criminal charges related to the event in a separate and unrelated legal proceeding last year
where they were forced to accept a $4 Billion Dollar cost for what they've done. Here is hoping that is only the start and much more will follow for
their accountability. As one of the worst (and by the time all is known, I believe, THE WORST) man made environmental disaster in history?
$4 Billion shouldn't even cover the down payment when calculating the true cost and loss is almost absurd for the sheer scale of it.
For some added context, this is a gallery of public domain imagery recorded and hosted by the U.S.G.S. of what phases of the event looked like.
Deepwater Horizon - What It looked like in 2010