Archive for April, 2011

Offshore drilling resuming in the Gulf, but at what cost to workers?

A year after the BP oil spill, drilling has resumed in the Gulf but very slowly, according to a recent article documenting the financial impact of the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig accident happened in April 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. That accident resulted in 11 dead workers, the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history and a ban on drilling in the Gulf.

Since the lifting of the ban, the government has issued 11 new deepwater and 49 shallow water drilling permits. While the number is less than usual, those in the industry who feared for their livelihood are certainly welcoming the opportunity to get back to work.

Of course, as the Deepwater Horizon oil rig accident illustrates, offshore workers face risks every day on the job. While oil and gas companies provide employment, they also must keep the workers reasonably safe from injury or death.

Injuries sustained in an offshore drilling rig accident demand serious attention. If you were injured, you need a determined maritime lawyer in Louisiana on your side. You need the Law Offices of William Gee III. An experienced offshore lawyer in Louisiana can give your case the attention it rightfully deserves. Our law firm has years of experience fighting for clients working offshore throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

As drilling resumes, there is concern that some oil and gas companies have not learned any lessons from the BP disaster. Michael Bromwich, who heads the Bureau of Ocean Management, Regulation and Enforcement, sees a disturbing trend. He said some oil and gas companies “have seemed all-too-ready to shrug off Deepwater Horizon as a complete aberration, a perfect storm, one in a million,” according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The effects of the BP oil spill continue to reverberate in other ways as well one year later. The magnitude and health effects of Deepwater Horizon disaster remain unknown, according to a recent article in The New England Journal of Medicine. And the U.S. Department of the Interior may expand government oversight of offshore drilling rig contractors in an effort to prevent similar disasters in the future.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a maritime accident, take action today to find out about your rights. Contact an offshore attorney in Louisiana who thoroughly understands maritime law. Contact the Law Offices of William Gee III.

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What to do if you sustain an offshore injury in the Gulf of Mexico

Offshore workers often sustain injuries working at sea. A recent study detailed how common offshore injuries can be on small vessels. The survey found that the three most common injuries are leg contusions, hand lacerations and arm contusions. Similar injuries can also occur on larger vessels working offshore.

Have you sustained an offshore injury? You need a dedicated Louisiana maritime attorney fighting for you. You need the Law Offices of William Gee III. A Louisiana offshore lawyer at our firm can give your case the attention it rightfully deserves. Choose a Louisiana offshore attorney who thoroughly understands maritime law. Choose the Law Offices of William Gee III.
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