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How the looming asbestos ban has had the opposite effect

Asbestos has played a role in the production of products ranging from vehicle components to maritime vessels for decades. However, modern medical research has made it clear that asbestos is a human carcinogen. Any amount of environmental exposure to asbestos increases someone’s risk of developing certain kinds of cancer. Mesothelioma

Filing a Personal Injury Claim for Environmental Damage

Environmental damage claims involve injuries caused by exposure to a toxic substance or hazard in your environment. These claims are usually filed due to injuries caused by toxic waste, lead paint, water contamination, air pollution or toxic mold. The damage in question can be caused by an individual or a

Understanding the Oil Pollution Act

Oil spills can cause significant damage to the environment and natural resources. That is one of the reasons the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) was created. The OPA was meant to improve the federal government’s ability to prevent and respond to these disasters. The law also establishes how parties responsible for

Taylor Energy Attempts to Evade Responsibility for Gulf Oil Spill

An oil leak from an offshore oil platform off the Louisiana coast may be contaminating the Gulf of Mexico for the next century if not fixed. The leak started a decade ago, when Hurricane Ivan caused an underwater mudslide to destroy the platform, owned by Taylor Energy. William Pecue, president

Anadarko Ordered To Pay $159.5 Million for Role in BP Oil Spill

On Nov. 30, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation was ordered to pay $159.5 million in environmental penalties due to the 2010 BP oil spill. Anadarko Petroleum Corporation owned 25 percent of the Deepwater Horizon oil drill rig, which exploded, killing 11 workers and causing the largest offshore oil spill in United States

Louisiana Waterways Among Most Polluted in Country

Louisiana’s rivers and streams are among the most toxic in the nation, according to a report by the Environment America Research and Policy Center. The toxic chemicals released into waterways include nitrates, dioxins and other poisonous chemicals. These toxins can cause cancer, birth defects, infertility, neurological problems and a host

Louisiana Will Receive $5 billion of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Settlement

Earlier this month, British Petroleum finalized its settlement with federal and state lawsuits as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The total figure is a record $20.8 billion. The claim includes cleanup and restoration costs as well as $5.5 billion in penalties for violating the Clean Water

Oil Spills Could Be Prevented Under New Federal Safety Regulation

Oil pipeline accidents have caused hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries and billions of dollars in environmental damage. Environmental advocates estimate nearly 300 incidents involving oil pipelines occur per year on average. A new set of safety regulations release by the United States Department of Transportation hopes to reduce that

Fertilizer Plant Reaches $2 Billion Settlement with U.S. Dept. of Justice

A major environmental victory has been won for communities in Florida and Louisiana. Mosaic Fertilizer, one of the largest fertilizer manufacturers of potash and phosphate fertilizers, reached a $2 Billion Settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as other federal and state environmental regulators. This ended a ten-year

Three Killed, Two Injured in Livingston Parish NYE Accident

Shortly after leaving a New Year’s Eve function at their church, the Chisolm family was involved in a head-on collision that led to the deaths of three people while two others were hospitalized with injuries. Around 8:15 p.m., a Mazda sedan driven by Trinity Kiger crossed the center line of