“We’ve had many deaths of humans directly attributed to this disaster,” says investigative journalist Dahr Jamail. “I recently spoke with Dr. Mike Robichaux, a doctor in Louisiana who’s treated scores of people. And he said, if we do not have federal government intervention immediately to deal with this and start treating people and start really cleaning this up appropriately, we’re going to have a lot of dead people on our hands.”
Archive | April, 2011
One year after BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, the number of lawsuits against the oil giant continues to mount.
Ryan Lambert is enraged.
The owner of a charter fishing business, he had always supported the oil industry in his home state of Louisiana.
He previously trusted BP, and the rest of the oil industry, to do the right thing in case an accident happened. But not any more. “I’m seeing people starving to death and BP won’t pay them,” said Lambert.
His business drop of 94 per cent in the last year has cost him more than $1.1mn, he told Al Jazeera, “They won’t pay me, they owe me well over a million dollars just for last year, and all they do is send more papers to fill out.”
Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, paid by BP to administer the firm’s 20-billion-dollar compensation fund, has become the focal point of anger for Gulf residents who are angry, frustrated and desperate for help following last year’s massive oil disaster.
“Most of the people I care about are hungry, they’ve lost their house, they’re losing their cars,” Cherri Foytlin, the co-founder of Gulf Change, a community organisation in Louisiana, told IPS.
“I’ve met so many people who had red beans and rice for dinner last Christmas while this man’s firm is getting 850,000 dollars a month for this,” she said. “I saw people on their knees in these meetings begging this man. I don’t know how he sleeps at night. He takes money from BP and claims to represent and care about people in the Gulf.”
Foytlin refers to Feinberg’s firm being paid approximately one million dollars per month by BP to administer the compensation fund, money that BP claimed would be used to “make people whole” who have lost their livelihoods because of the months-long disaster that began on Apr. 20, 2010.
Rudy Toler from Gulfport, Mississippi is a fourth generation fisherman. He submitted 62 pages of documentation to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF), but says: “My claim got denied on Dec. 4, with about 100,000 other people.”
The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster has caused the biggest chemical poisoning crisis in US history, experts say.
April 20, 2011 marks the one-year anniversary of BP’s catastrophic oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. On this day in 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, causing oil to gush from 5,000 feet below the surface into the ninth largest body of water on the planet.
At least 4.9 million barrels of BP’s oil would eventually be released into the Gulf of Mexico before the well was capped 87 days later.
It is, to date, the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. BP has used at least 1.9 million gallons of toxic dispersants to sink the oil, in an effort the oil giant claimed was aimed at keeping the oil from reaching shore.
Critics believe the chemical dispersants were used simply to hide the oil and minimise BP’s responsibility for environmental fines.