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Should We Be Worried About Another Disaster Like The BP Oil Spill?

In North Baton Rouge, businesses had to be evacuated because of a leak of hazardous chemicals from a refinery pipeline.  The leak only spilt approximately one barrel’s worth of materials, but Royal Dutch Shell still shutdown the Bengal Refined Pipeline to fix and investigate the problem. New laws and regulations helped to keep this incident under control, but are those regulations being applies to all spill situations? When Hurricane Ivan rolled through in 2004, it caused an underwater mudslide that destroyed an oil platform owned by Taylor Energy. Since then oil has been leaking from the ruins, but lawmakers still have not forced the company to do anything about the leak. Taylor Energy asserts that the area containing the leak is too unstable to repair the leak, and insists that efforts to close the leak will simply lead to even more oil escaping. However, the AP has conducted an investigation…
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Conductor Sues Railroad Company For Negligence

Working for the railroad industry can be dangerous when a railroad company does not properly train employees, when a railroad company does not have enough staff on hand, and when a railroad company values profits over passengers and employees. The fatal injury rate in the railroad industry is twice as high as the all-industry rate, and around 2,500 people are injured in railroad accidents every year, but many of those accidents could have been avoided. On May 1, 2014 a railroad conductor from Metairie was injured when a grouping of cars was diverted onto the track his engine was on. The cars slammed into the engine and violently threw the conductor around and then out of his seat. The whipping action caused him permanent back and neck injuries that now cause him pain and prevent him from working. Now the conductor is taking the company in charge of the rail…
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BP Settles With Gulf States—What’s Next For Louisiana?

In 2010, 11 oil rig workers died when the Deepwater Horizons oil rig exploded and dumped 4.5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The company that owned the rig, BP, has been in court ever since. The company paid a $4 billion fine just to settle the criminal case that the government had brought against it. However, fines like this were only the beginning. In a move that has shocked many experts, BP has agreed to settle one of their largest cases in court. In a New Orleans courtroom, five states (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) have accepted one of the largest settlements in history. BP will pay $18.7 billion to these five states in order to restore the natural resources damaged by the oil spill. Louisiana will get the largest portion of the settlement, $6.8 billion, which will go toward repairing the coast, covering economic…
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