On the second day of the civil trial against BP, the London-based oil and gas giant responsible for the disastrous Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in 2010, attorneys called expert witness Robert Bea to the stand.
According to The Huffington Post, one of the main questions that needs to be answered is whether BP’s actions were negligent or grossly negligent.
On February 20, Injury Lawyer News published an article stating that the first DePuy ASR lawsuit has gone to trial in Los Angeles.
In August 2012, two workers were killed and one was injured at Watco Mechanical Services in Hockley, Texas, when a flash fire broke out at a mechanical facility. On February 20, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced in a press release that it has cited three companies in connection with the incident.
On February 20, the San Antonio Express-News published an article presenting the alarming conclusion that work-related deaths at Texas’s Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas fields over the last few years could have been prevented.
The recent tornado that tore through Mississippi on Sunday, February 10, left the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) with tens of millions of dollars in repairs, reports The Associated Press.
According to FuelFix, a news source that focuses on the energy industry, Transocean Ltd. owned the deep-water rig that exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico. On February 14, the company pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of violating the Clean Water Act and will pay $400 million in criminal penalties.
Although it is encouraging to see that BP is implementing serious changes in reaction to the 2010 explosion and oil spill, the fact remains that lives were taken and many people were significantly impacted by the company’s negligence.
According to LawyersandSettlements.com, an unnamed Charleston, West Virginia, woman filed a lawsuit against AMS on January 18 claiming that she has suffered serious health complications following a January 2011 surgery during which an Elevate transvaginal mesh was implanted.
A February 10 article published by the Houston Chronicle reveals that although workplace deaths in the Lone Star State have declined overall, the oil industry still suffers from a significant number of work-related fatalities each year.