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How Has Oil Rig Safety in Louisiana Changed Since the Deepwater Horizon Incident?

On April 10, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the coast of Louisiana, in the Gulf of Mexico, exploded. Eleven people died, and over three million barrels of oil dispersed into the Gulf waters for months afterward. With thousands of breaking news stories relating to this event until the end of July, everyone in the country tried to turn the incident into a “teachable moment.” The full impact of the oil spill is still, to this day, being investigated, but it’s clear that something went very wrong in relation to the oil rig’s safety. How Did Oil Safety Regulation Come into Play? Over the six years following the oil rig explosion and spill, the Obama administration fought to enact new regulations for oil rig safety. They realized that there needed to be adjustments relating to the oil industry’s duty to legally handle old and out-of-date drilling platforms. The Obama…
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BP Facing Litigation from Oil Spill Clean-Up Workers

No one can forget the breathtaking explosions and plumes of smoke erupting from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico as it leaked gallons and gallons of oil into the ocean. But workers who helped clean up the oil spill don’t just remember the tragedy, they are forced to live with it every single day. Thankfully, the ongoing health complications that have plagued many clean-up workers are finally being brought to light. Just last month, a federal court decided those who developed medical issues after a 2012 worker’s lawsuit was already settled, should be allowed to file suit against BP as well. The medical problems described by ill workers are severe and sometimes deadly. Among them are health complications such as: Kidney damage Liver damage Increased risk of leukemia Respiratory problems Dizziness Headaches Nausea Fatigue BP has fought hard to keep workers from obtaining the money they…
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