BP is refusing to pay oil spill moratorium claims filed by thousands of oilfied workers and oilfied services companies that are economically dependant on offshore drilling in the shallow-water Gulf of Mexico. These claimants suffered severe economic losses because of the months-long Gulf of Mexico offshore drilling moratorium imposed by the U.S. government in the wake of BP’s disastrous oil spill. In denying these claims, BP has unequivocally refused to accept responsibility for the economic losses sustained by these oilfield works and oilfield services companies.
Parker Waichman LLP strongly disagrees with BP’s stance on oil spill moratorium claims, and is committed to working to make sure all victims of the BP Gulf of Mexico disaster, including those hit hard by the oil spill moratorium, are fully compensated for their losses. Our BP oil spill moratorium claims lawyers are currently offering free lawsuit evaluations to any oilfield worker who was unemployed due to the moratorium, as well as any oilfield services companies that lost business to the moratorium, including, but not limited to, caterers, diving companies, fabricators, and suppliers. If you or your business was denied payment of a BP oil spill moratorium claim, please contact Parker Waichman LLP today to protect your legal rights.
BP Refuses to Pay Oil Spill Moratorium Claims
The BP oil spill economically devastated important segments of the Gulf Coast’s economy, including
seafood, tourism and offshore drilling industries. Between the April 20, 2010 explosion aboard the BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig, and the plugging of the well in mid-July, roughly 4.4 million barrels of oil had spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. The cleanup of the Gulf Coast is ongoing, and the economic ramifications of the disaster are still being felt today.
The economic devastation caused by the BP oil spill was made worse by the moratorium on Gulf of Mexico offshore drilling imposed by the Obama administration in the wake of the spill. The moratorium lasted from roughly the end of May until mid-October, 2010, and brought the entire offshore drilling industry in the Gulf to a halt, idling thousands of oilfield services companies and their workers for months.
BP has steadfastly refused to pay economic loss claims for workers and companies impacted by the oil spill moratorium, either through the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, or via the $7.8 billion BP oil spill lawsuit settlement announced in March 2012. BP asserts that its liability under the U.S. Oil Pollution Act, which requires companies to compensate people and businesses harmed by an offshore spill, is “limited to damages directly caused by a covered oil spill and that indirect or derivative losses are not compensable.”
Parker Wiachman disagrees with BP’s stance, but it is clear from the company’s statements that oil spill moratorium claimants may have to pursue lawsuits in order to receive compensation for their economic losses. The BP oil spill moratorium lawyers at our firm are working aggressively to make sure every one of these claimants receive all of the compensation they deserve.