The April 20 oil spill incident in the Gulf of Mexico involving a Transocean drilling Rig Deepwater Horizon has worsened. An estimated 5,000 barrels a day are leaking into the Gulf and headed for Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. If you feel that your business or livelihood has been affected by this disaster. The lawyers of Taylor Martino plan to file a class action lawsuit on behalf of all those affected by the spill. Taylor Martino provides aggressive, effective legal representation in courtrooms throughout the Gulf Coast region. Please contact us for more information.
Officials report that 210,000 gallons of oil are spilling per day. It is estimated that it will take 90 days to contain this spill. At this rate, the spillage will total 18.9 million gallons of oil – nearly twice as much as the Exxon Valdez spill.
Despite the extensive cleanup attempts following the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill, a study conducted by NOAA determined that as of early 2007 more than 26 thousand gallons of oil remain in the sandy soil of the contaminated shoreline, declining at a rate of less than 4% per year.
Almost 20 years after Exxon Valdez spill, a team of scientists at the University of North Carolina found that the effects are lasting far longer than expected. The team estimates some shoreline Arctic habitats may take up to 30 years to recover.
The Gulf of Mexico accounts for 40 percent of the seafood that is caught in the lower 48 states and consumed domestically.
With a total annual economic impact of $116 billion on the economy, fishing supports 1.1 million jobs and generates $30 billion in wages and $7.3 billion in tax revenues each year.
US landings of shrimp were valued at $442 million in 2008 up 2 percent from the previous year, according to the National Marine Fisheries Services.
Tourists spent $2.3 billion on Alabama’s beaches in 2008, supporting 41,000 workers, according to the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau.