On April 20th, an oil rig owned by Transocean called Deepwater Horizon exploded. The oil rig subsequently sank and began dumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico. Businesses and residents in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida now face years of clean up efforts and losses in business.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Transocean oil rig and oil spill related claims in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by the oil rig explosion or the spill, you should contact our firm immediately for a free case consultation. Please click here to contact our Environmental Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
More Transocean Oil Rig and Oil Spill Information
Transocean may be the largest offshore drilling contractor in the world, but it appears to care more about profits than safety. Although British Petroleum leased the oil rig that exploded, sank and is now leaking oil by the tens of thousands of gallons per day into the Gulf of Mexico, Transocean actually owns the oil rig. The huge mobile rig was approximately 52 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana when the explosion occurred. The pipe that is now leaking is located in almost mile-deep waters, an area known as the Mississippi Canyon.
Transocean, which has offices in Houston, Texas, has more than 140 rigs in operation across the globe, including 14 in the Gulf of Mexico. BP and Transocean have worked together closely in exploring the Gulf of Mexico for oil. BP has leased the Deepwater Horizon rig since 2007 for about $500,000 a day. Considering how much money it makes drilling off the coast of the U.S., it is odd that Transocean would adamantly oppose new federal regulations that would have mandated safety audits once every three years, instead of whenever the oil companies felt like it.
Along with Transocean and BP, investigators are also looking at Halliburton’s potential responsibility. Halliburton was responsible for cementing the deepwater drill hole, a key procedure to prevent oil well blowouts. Halliburton completed the procedure only 20 hours before the blowout.
With oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, the government and companies have admitted that it may take up to three months to stop the well from leaking, and the amount leaking into the Gulf could increase. Now residents, businesses and property owners from Louisiana to Florida are looking at an economic and ecological disaster that could take years and billions of dollars to correct.
Do I Have a Transocean Oil Rig or Oil Spill Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Transocean oil rig and oil spill related claims in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by the oil rig explosion or the spill, you should contact our firm immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Environmental Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.