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First Spill Lawsuits Filed

Louisiana and Alabama shrimpers have filed several class-action lawsuits against BP as owners of the drilling platform that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, reports say. The lawsuits, according to reports, accuse the company of negligence. Suits were filed on behalf of three commercial shrimp fishermen from Louisiana and Alabama. Each lawsuit seeks economic and compensatory damages of at least $5 million, the minimum sum required by the federal Class Action Fairness Act. They also seek unspecified punitive damages. Swiss-based…

Gulf Coast Oil Spill Could Have Lasting Consequences

With reports of globs of what appears to be roofing tar washing up on the Chandeleur Islands off Louisiana, fresh questions about the actual cost – of both money and of natural destruction – of the Gulf Coast oil spill are on the minds of local residents. Gulf Coasters are now bracing for not just the worst oil spill in the Gulf, but what now threatens to become the worst oil spill in US history. And the well is still…

Lawsuits Filed Against Spill Companies

Deepwater Horizon, the owners of an oil exploration rig that sunk into the Gulf of Mexico last Thursday after a exploding into flames 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana, has rescue crews covering nearly 2000 square miles, looking for 11 missing crew members. TransOcean, the company that owns the oil rig, believes they will not be found. British Petroleum, which contracted the rig, realized almost immediately that there was the potential for a major oil spill, and crews are…

Gulf Seafood in Trouble as Oil Spill Nears

Predictions about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill have become broader. It’s just a matter of time before the spill begins to affect those not living near the Gulf Coast. The seafood industry, already besieged by import battles from third-world countries trying to dump loads of cheap shrimp and other seafood into the American market, Gulf Coast seafood concerns see panic ahead. Already about 80 percent of American-eaten seafood is imported. Gulf States produce or harvest much of the remainder…

Gulf Coast Spill Hits Tourism and Fishing Alike

With the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, fishermen, fish farmers, charter boat operators and other fish and game workers are in obvious jeopardy. But seasonal economies are also in trouble, pundits say. In addition to, surfers, sunbathers, swimmer and vacationers – as well as those who serve them – are in danger of having a devastatingly bad summer. All industries that cater to those groups of tourists, including restaurant owners, innkeepers, sporting good suppliers, are susceptible to…

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