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Archive for April, 2010

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Worse Than Exxon Valdez Disaster

The Louisiana Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill is an environmental nightmare of colossal proportion. BP is drilling a “relief well” to divert the oil, but it could take three months to complete. By then, the Exxon Valdez disaster that destroyed Prince William Sound, Alaska in 1989 is expected to pale in comparison to this disaster.

The Coast Guard said the growing slick is 45 miles wide at its broadest point and 100 miles long – about the length of New Jersey’s coastline… Read Full Story

Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Investigation is Ongoing

HOUSTON, TX – Offshore injury lawyers, Gordon, Elias and Seely, LLP, have filed a lawsuit on behalf of the family of Karl Kleppinger, Jr, one of the missing 11 men, who to this date has not been found.

Initially, the law firm contemplated filing a possible Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in the Transocean Deepwater Horizon explosion that took place on April 20, 2010. A TRO is filed for many reasons – one of which would be to preserve evidence or not to cause spoliation of evidence… ... Read Full Story

Transocean Oil Rig Explosion Lawyer Todd Elias is Helping Family of Missing Worker

HOUSTON, TX – Eleven people are still missing after an oil rig explosion on April 20th in The Gulf of Mexico 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana. The families said that they were told by representatives early Friday morning that their loved ones are considered dead.

Transocean Deepwater Horizon sinking into The Gulf Of Mexico on April 22, 2010

Todd Elias, a Houston maritime lawyer, who is representing Tracy Kleppinger, the wife of worker Karl Kleppinger Jr. of Natchez, Miss., said his client was told by rig owner Transocean Ltd. that her husband Karl Kleppinger, Jr is considered deceased. Attorney, Steve Gordon, said the company has sent grievers to be with Tracy Kleppinger.  ... Read Full Story

Deepwater Oil Rig Explosion Coast Guard Update; 11 Workers Still Missing

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The US Coast Guard held a press conference at 3:00 p.m. at Coast Guard 8th District headquarters in the Hale Boggs building in the New Orleans Central Business District to update the status of the oil rig explosion of Deepwater Horizon that took place Tuesday night at 10:00 PM in the Gulf of Mexico 52 miles off the coast of Venice, LA.

An explosion rocked an offshore oil drilling platform, sending a column of fire into the sky and touching off a frantic search at sea for at least 11 originally reported missing. Most of the 126 workers on the rig Deepwater Horizon were believed to have escaped safely after the explosion that happened about 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, 2010.

Photo Courtesy: Dan McDonald - Coast Guard vessels try to extinguish the fire on DEEPWATER HORIZON. These pictures are believed to have been taken by a nearby Chevron worker

Rear Adm. Mary Landry, commander of the Coast Guard’s 8th district headquarters; David Hayes, deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of the Interior; Adrian Rose, vice president of Transocean; and David Rainey and vice president of BP were at the conference to answer questions… ... Read Full Story

15 Workers Missing in Oil Rig Explosion in Gulf of Mexico

VENICE, LA – An explosion has occurred on Transocean’s oil rig, “Deepwater Horizon”, in The Gulf of Mexico about 52 miles south of Venice, LA. The explosion, which happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday night, forced all personnel to abandon ship. The USCG is on the scene, along with several other vessels, conducting search patterns for the missing.

Photo taken 10 miles out from the explosion in The Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Venice, LA

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser in an interview with WDSU.com, said there were 15 people still not accounted for. He said that earlier the Coast Guard located and had a visual contact with one of the rescue capsules off the rig but didn’t know if all of the missing people were on there now… ... Read Full Story

Arizona Passes Controversial Illegal Immigration Law

PHOENIX, AZ – On Monday, April 19, 2010, lawmakers in Arizona passed a controversial immigration bill, a measure which critics say is open to racial profiling. The law requires that the police in the state that borders Mexico determine if people are in the United States illegally. Lawmakers in the AZ  Senate voted 17 to 11 to approve the bill, widely regarded as the toughest measure yet taken by any U.S. state to curb illegal immigration. Read Full Story