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Cellino & Barnes – Gulf Disaster Update

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

From the Desk of Ross Cellino

The Presidential panel investigating the BP oil spill concluded that three corporations were at fault for causing the explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. They include BP, Halliburton and Transocean.

The result of the investigation described systemic problems within the offshore energy industry and government regulators who oversee it.

The investigation concluded that the bottom line cause of the explosion was poor decision making that led to technical problems.  Each of the three companies involved made individual decisions that increased the risk of a blowout. Why were bad decisions made, to save time and money.

The Deepwater Horizon disaster boiled down to one single failure, and that was management.  This report is bad news for the companies involved. The losses and damages, both personal and emotional will be felt for years to come.

Recent Gulf Oil Spill News

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Reports indicate that the oil spill leak in the Gulf of Mexico is nearing an end. The static kill is working, as the mud that was forced down a blown-out well is holding down the flow of oil.

The next step would be deciding whether to cement the well. For the past three months, BP has been drilling a relief well, which will be used later this month to execute a “bottom kill.” The “bottom kill” involves mud and cement being injected into the bedrock 2 1/2 miles below the sea floor. Federal officials said they won’t declare complete victory until they get into the well from the other end.

There is a lot of work to do in the Gulf of Mexico. The amount of oil remaining in the water from this oil spill – or washed up on the shore – is still more than four times the size of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.

This disaster could end up costing BP $21 Billion in fines. These fines are in additional to the $20 Billion escrow fund the company has set up to pay damage claims.

CNN News Reports – 162 Cases of Illness Linked to Oil Spill Reported in Louisiana

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

On June 28, 2010, CNN reported that 162 cases of illness have been reported in Louisiana, linked to exposure to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Louisiana state health department, released a report, which stated of those cases, 128 involved workers on oil rigs or individuals involved in the oil spill cleanup efforts.

The most common reported symptoms included throat irritation, shortness of breath, cough, eye irritation, nausea and headaches, according to the department’s oil spill surveillance report.

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine said in a letter to BP’s COO, “There exists anger, anxiety and uncertainty among the families and communities affected by the spill, which will easily manifest into addiction and various forms of mental health crisis if not confronted.”

If you or a loved one has been affected by the oil spill, call Cellino & Barnes now at 800-249-7320 or use our CLAIM FORM online.


Ocean Therapy Solutions – Status of Program

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Ocean Therapy Solutions (Kevin Costner’s company) and BP held a news conference to update us on the ongoing efforts to deploy Ocean Therapy’s oil separating centrifuge devices in the Gulf of Mexico to clean up the Horizon oil spill.

Kevin Costner explained that BP ordered 32 of his oil cleaning machines. Three of the units are currently aboard ships in the Gulf, but it will take about approximately 1 to 1.5 months for the remaining units to be built.

Officials advised that skimmer vessels will pump oily water onto the ships where the centrifuges can process a total of 600,000 gallons per day, separating oil and debris from water. Costner said he is gratified the technology is being deployed.

VIDEO – Ocean Therapy Solutions and BP News Conference

VIDEO – Costner Centrifuge Technology. In this video, Brian Musselman, Director of Operations for Hornbeck Offshore and Lance Ortemond, General Manager at D&L Salvage explain the centrifuge technology and how it will affect the Gulf Coast.

Cellino & Barnes Assisting Gulf Residents with Claims Against BP

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

One of the nation’s largest personal injury law firms, Cellino & Barnes has established a team of attorneys focused on assisting residents of the Gulf Coast who have suffered economic damages as a result of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Cellino & Barnes attorneys are representing individuals and business owners who have lost income, been hit with decreased business revenues, experienced property damage or suffered other economic consequences or injuries as a direct result of the spill.


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Obama's Promise to the Gulf Coast

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

In a speech today, President Obama stated that he “will do whatever it takes for as long as it takes” to deal with the oil spill. He further promises that “We’re going to fight back with everything that we’ve got.”

President Obama is scheduled to address the nation tonight to lay out plans for dealing with the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

So how much oil has leaked into the gulf?

No one can say for certain how much oil is leaking into the Gulf of Mexico, however, some experts are now estimating that between 1 million and 2 million barrels. That converts to bewteen 42 million and 84 million gallons of oil.  The lowest estimate is nearly four times the size of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.