Gulf Oil Spill Litigation
Riley & Jackson, P.C. has been hired by Mobile County, Baldwin County, and Dauphin Island to represent the municipal interests of Alabama's Gulf coast region against BP PLC. On April 20, 2010, BP's Deepwater Horizon well suffered a cascade of failures, resulting in a series of explosions. Eleven workers on the well were killed, and many others were injured. During the catastrophe, a blowout preventer, which is intended to prevent the escape of crude oil from the well, failed to activate. On April 22, the Deepwater Horizon well sank into the water.
On August 4, 106 days after the Deepwater Horizon well exploded,
BP announced that a static kill of the well had been successful. The well
was not declared "dead" by the U.S. government until September 5,
when the ruptured well was finally sealed by BP.
A team of scientists hired by the Obama administration estimated that
4.9 million barrels of oil escaped the well. Only 800,000 barrels were
captured by BP with containment ships, leaving 4.1 million barrels of oil
floating in the Gulf.
The Mobile and Baldwin County Commissions and the Dauphin Island
City Council separately voted to hire an association of attorneys that
includes Riley & Jackson, P.C. Because the firm represents Alabama's
only coastal counties and the municipality most impacted by the oil spill,
we can pursue a unified approach to engaging BP in a comprehensive,
long-term solution to the current and future damages caused to Alabama's
coast by the Gulf oil spill.