We hope and pray that this oil spill is the last oil spill in US history, but history tells us another story. There will be accidents and there will be future oil spills on drilling platforms on the high sea. So how can we stop these future oil spills from becoming the disaster the BP oil spill is ?
We can put safe guards in place that will limit the oil spill to a certain area around the drilling platform and this area can be cleaned and the oil can be remove fairly quickly and without the damage to the economy, the beaches and the animals in the sea.
So how can we keep the oil only around the drilling platform and not let it flow free to any beach around the deep water drilling plat forms ?
Well one of the companies that has come up with a solution shared it with me the other week. I hope me sharing it here will make a difference and somebody smart out there will take this idea and make it mandatory for all drill derricks out there to have in place before they start to drill for oil in our ocean’s.
The principal described below could be made mandatory by law if you want a permit to drill for oil in our ocean you need to take the following precaution before we will give you a permitl. The precaution would involve a safety zone made up by a barrier that goes around the drilling platform and is anchored to the bottom of the ocean all the way around the circle.
Below the inventor of this barrier system explains in more detail. I have left his contact information in there and hopefully the right person will contact him to make this system a reallity. If the good people in Washington could make a simple system like this mandatory for all drilling platforms on the high sea we would feel more safe I think. It would also prevent another major oil spill from reaching our shores and damaging our economy.
Please find below the inventors idea and how it would be implemented.
It should be mandatory for every derrick drilling for oil no matter how deep they wish to drill. If they wish to drill 10,000 feet then be prepared to go down 10,000 feet to anchor the cable to the seabed and be prepared to have a radius of 10,000 feet around that derrick as small price to pay to stop all future oil spills.
If a derrick drills 1 mile down then a radius of one mile around that derrick needs to have the barrier in place and that barrier is connected with cables to the seabed 1 mile down and back to the derrick giving them a 6.2 mile circumference of floatation which holds up the barrier. Those cables are heavy and are anchored to the seabed, all held afloat by the 10 feet wide x 6 feet high by a continuous float. (with red hazard lights).
Now you may say well when there is a hurricane the waves are 20 feet high? Correct, the swells are 20 feet high and the wind is 100 miles an hour, correct.
25 feet from the top of the cable to the underside of the float is 30 feet of sprung wire (cable) surrounded by surgical stretching rubber hose of 15 feet long. This will provide An additional 15 foot spring to deal with up and down and side ways for everyday movement as well as extreme conditions. You may well get some over spill only during extreme weather, easy to clean.
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Are you considering suing British Petroleum over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill? Were you thinking about it, but decided it was just too much trouble? Well, it is about to get a whole lot easier.
Government joins civil lawsuit
Recently, the United States Department of Justice announced that it is going to join civil lawsuits that citizens have filed against BP. However, Kenneth Feinberg, who runs the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF), also recently said that he will provide pro bono legal assistance to anyone who needs help filing out their final claims paperwork for the GCCF. What does all this mean to you?
For starters, if you have already filed a final claim with the GCCF for damages you incurred as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, then you have already signed away your right to sue BP. By taking money from their $20 billion settlement fund, you gave up your right to sue. If you are thinking about filing a final claim, including any quarterly advance claims, then you should realize that by filing that final claim, you will be required to give up any future claims against BP or the GCCF. That means that you will never be able to sue them and you will never be able to join a class action suit against them. For most, that is probably just fine. Now that the GCCF is providing free lawyers to help you fill out your final claims paperwork, it will be even easier to get your paperwork together and file it and get your piece of the $20 billion pie. The GCCF will provide you free local assistance. This should make the process much more streamlined, transparent, and consistent. It will probably be exactly what most Gulf Coast people need, especially with the new quick pay option coming online. Just remember that once you file a claim and get paid out for it, you can no longer sue BP or make any future claims to the GCCF.
How to file a lawsuit
If you have decided that you want no part of the GCCF and the $20 billion settlement fund and that you would rather sue British Petroleum that is certainly your prerogative. You will need to retain a lawyer or join a class action suit, but you definitely have the right to do it, so long as you do not (or have not in the past) filed a claim with the GCCF. Now that the United States Justice Department has decided to join in the suit process, things should get easier with the court process should you choose to go that route. They will bear the expense of deposing key witnesses and gathering evidence that you can use in your battle. That could save you a lot of money.
Join a lawsuit
Dozens of people have already been filed against BP. These cases have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation forum in federal court in New Orleans. Any future suits will also most likely be brought into this court as well. This is a great benefit for those who are suing. You can basically sit back and let the federal government gather all the evidence against BP and then collect from the winnings when it is all over in court. Something important to keep in mind though is that if you sue, you cannot make claims with the GCCF. You cannot take advantage of the final claims process, including the quick pay option. If you join the lawsuit and BP wins, then not only do you not get anything at all, you will most likely end up owing court costs and attorneys fees. If you win and the jury decides a small amount, you may get a lot less than you would have gotten from the GCCF. If you win, however, you may get a much larger amount than you would have gotten from the GCCF. Also keep in mind that lawsuits can take decades to play out in court. Even if you win, you may not see any money for more than ten to twenty years. So, it is a huge gamble, but the odds are good. Now that the US DOJ has joined the lawsuit process, your odds are even better, but be prepared to play the waiting game for a while.