Friday, May 27, 2011

Oil Spill Hearing Focuses on Sickness and Other Claims BP Wants to Dismiss

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NEW ORLEANS - A Thursday hearing focused on motions to dismiss claims in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, including claims from cleanup workers who say they are sick from exposure to toxic chemicals.

Thousands of plaintiffs have filed hundreds of claims for personal injuries, property damages and other causes stemming from the April 20, 2010 explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon drill rig that killed 11 people and dumped millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Almost all of the claims have been consolidated in New Orleans Federal Court under U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier.

Because the issues vary widely, the lawsuits have been divided into pleading bundles. The Thursday hearing concerned bundles B1, B3 and D1.

BP, Transocean, Halliburton, Cameron International, Nalco - the manufacturer of the dispersant Corexit - and numerous other defendants filed motions over the past months challenging claims in the three pleading bundles.


Bundle B1 concerns economic damages, B3 health issues related to oil exposure and oil spill cleanup, and D1 is from plaintiffs challenging regulatory actions under the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Restoration, Cleanup and Liability Act, and maritime and state laws.

A motion filed by the plaintiff steering committee states that B3 bundle plaintiffs "are individuals who worked in the Vessels of Opportunity ('VoO') program, other vessel captains and crew not involved in the VoO program who were nonetheless assisting in clean-up efforts and were exposed to the oil's and/or chemical dispersants' harmful effects, and beach clean-up workers and residents who live in close proximity to the shore. ...

"The chemicals to which they were exposed - hydrocarbons from oil and in situ burning and chemical dispersant, including Corexit - can cause a wide array of health problems, such as respiratory ailments, disruption of the nervous system, impairment of liver and kidney function, and interference with the reproductive system."

The steering committee says "the defendants had the means, ability and opportunity to protect people who participated in the clean-up effort, as well as shoreline residents, from toxic exposure. Consequently, the defendants could have prevented their illnesses and diseases. But, instead, the defendants cavalierly failed to take even the minimum of safety measures to ensure the health and welfare of workers and the community at risk of exposure to the chemicals. As a result, thousands of people are ill and/or have been exposed to chemicals in a manner that puts them at risk of becoming ill in the future."

The plaintiffs want BP and the other oil spill defendants to pay for medical monitoring - the defendants say they don't have to.

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2 comments:

refuge2012 said...

Of course they are opposing paying what they owe to those they hurt.
They have the government in their pockets and the MSM.

Who is going to do anything about it? Rham Emanuel lived is a million dollar condo while in Wash DC that is owned by BP and paid no rent what so ever. He and Obama used BP free plane rides and lots of campaign money kinda puts them in his pockets.

The MSM know all this and keeps quite about it.

Why would any one watch the lairs in the MSM for one second!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????

They do not have your best interest in mind, they work for someone else.

Turn off your TV! They TPTB call is PROGRAMING! and your the one being PROGRAMED!!!!!!!!!!

Get your news from alternate news sources, at least they are in the same stew pot with all of us and have a compelling motivation to tell the truth!

Sheila
www.placeofrefuge2012.com

Howard T. Lewis III said...

Even worse than the above, the S.E.C. is controlled by the same club that runs BP and BlackStone. But do not look to congress or the courts or the White House for justice. They are presently either mewling or belong to this group or are their partners in crime. You should have voted for McKinney.

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