Danziger & De Llano, Continuing to Help Victims of the BP Oil Spill, Offers Insights into the Recent Lease Signed by BP for Gulf Shore Drilling

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Danziger & De Llano, a Houston, TX based law firm, provides assistance to those who need to file a claim against the BP oil company. BP was responsible for the single largest disaster in oil drilling history off the Gulf of Mexico when their Macondo oil well spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf in April, 2010. Since that time, the United States has permitted BP to bid on upcoming oil drilling leases located in the Gulf of Mexico. These leases will be available for sale later in the year. This comes less than two full years after the Macondo oil well erupted and caused the worst offshore oil spill in the history of the United States. Macondo was owned and operated by BP, which is giving cause for much scrutiny as to why the British company is allowed to bid on the upcoming leases.

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Even after nearly two years, victims of the BP oil spill disaster off the Gulf of Mexico are still scrambling to get claims filed that would provide them with compensation from BP. BP has recently bid on a Gulf Shore drilling lease in the Gulf, the exact same place where the tragedy happened in 2010. According to United States Offshore-Safety Chief Michael Bromwich; the decision was “considered and thought about” extensively. They eventually reached a decision that BP would be permitted to bid for leases in the auction that is known as Lease Sale 218.

Bromwich went on to state that the overall record of BP did not have a “deeply flawed record offshore”. This is despite the Deepwater Horizon spill that has cost millions of dollars to clean up and compensate those who were directly affected. Bromwich feels that BP should not be blocked from the bidding process simply due to one single incident. The Law firm of Danziger & De Llano is still helping thousands of residents and business owners to file claims for this disaster that happened nearly two years ago and many feel that until these claims have been paid, the company should not be permitted to drill oil in the area where it happened.

BP has declined to comment on the lease or the scrutiny with which lawmakers and citizens have been viewing the company’s right to bid on the lease. The lease itself will be sold in New Orleans on Dec. 14, 2011 and is the first lease auction since the Deepwater Horizon incident. It will cover approximately 21 million acres in the western Gulf of Mexico, in water depths of up to 11,000 feet.

The U.S. Interior Department issued a statement stating that production of the lease could reach up to 20 billion barrels of oil as well as 2.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Bromwich stated that his ultimate decision to allow BP to be a part of the leasing auction was due in part to the response of the company regarding the spill and their cleanup efforts. BP did state earlier in the year that they were voluntarily making a stand to perform a more stringent set of standards regarding their drilling; more stringent that what is currently required by U.S. regulations.

BP has continuously attempted to get back on track, investing in oil drilling in London. The company announced a $7.09 billion investment in London and continues to spend in their home country, despite a tax increase that was placed earlier in the year on crude production in Europe.

Meanwhile in the U.S., claims are continuing to be filed regarding the Horizon Deepwater spill. The Deepwater Horizon explosion on April 20, 2010 killed 11 people and caused damage all throughout the Gulf Shore. By the time that the well was capped, 87 days had passed and 4.9 barrels of crude has spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. BP has thus far paid out upwards of $7 billion in compensation claims arising from the spill. Danziger & De Llano helps those who have not yet received compensation for the 2010 BO oil spill. If you need further information about filing a claim, you can contact the firm using the information below.

Contact:
Danziger & De Llano, LLP
440 Louisiana, Suite 1212
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 222-9998 Tel
(866) 222-9990 Toll-free
(713) 222-8866 Fax
http://www.bpclaims.com

Sources:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204002304576628441349622096.html

http://www.france24.com/en/20111014-us-let-bp-bid-gulf-mexico-leases

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