Coffeyville Oil Spill in the News

Coffeyville Oil Spill Claims Office Opened Today
Aug 10, 2007 A legal claims office opened today in Coffeyville, Kansas to assist victims of last month’s Coffeyville Resources Refinery oil spill. Several law firms involved in a class action lawsuit against the refinery and its owners have opened the office in an effort to reach out to Coffeyville residents affected by the spill. Continue

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Legal Help for Victims of the Coffeyville, Kansas Oil Spill

Despite residence buy back offers and other aid programs, many victims of the Coffeyville Oil Spill still face daunting personal and financial losses as a result of the disaster. To assist victims of the oil spill in exploring all legal remedies, on August 10, 2007 Parker Waichman LLP, along with Hutton & Hutton Law Firm LLC, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, Becnel Law Firm LLC, the Law Offices of Ronnie G, Penton and Lambert and Nelson, P.L.C. opened an office in Coffeyville to receive legal claims related to the Coffeyville Resources Refinery Oil Spill.

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Murphy Oil Spill

The Murphy Oil Spill in the New Orleans’ suburb of Chalmette that occurred in the horrible aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has been called one of the worst environmental disasters in United States history. When Hurricane Katrina battered Louisiana in August 2005, it brought along a storm surge that mowed down everything in its path, including a 250,000 barrel storage tank at the Murphy Oil USA Refinery. The tank, which was about a third full, sent more than 20,000 barrels of oil into flooded Chalmette. An area of at six square miles and 10,000 homes bore the brunt of the horrific spill.

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Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

The Exxon Valdez was responsible for the worst oil spill in United States History. On March 23, 1989, the supertanker was carrying over 53 million gallons of crude oil when it struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Nearly 11 million gallons of oil spilled into the Sound. The resulting disaster and cleanup exceeded the cost and scope of any other oil spill before the Valdez disaster.

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Oil Spill Ecologic Damage

Oil spills cause large scale damage, destruction and death to marine environments. The type of oil determines the type of damage. Crude oil is suffocating and toxic effect because it is like a heavy tar. Refined petroleum precuts such as gasoline are generally more toxic but evaporate quickly. Crude oil causes much damage to birds and mammals; it sticks to animals’ fur or feathers, causing hypothermia in birds and seal pups by reducing insulation and making them easy prey. Oil also causes birds and seal pups to lose weight due to lack of ability to feed, to lose ties with family groups due to lack of scent, and/or to drown altogether. Crude oil also causes damage to the digestive systems of wildlife when the oil is ingested. Refined petroleum causes damage not due to stickiness but due to toxicity. Animals become poisoned when they ingest refined petroleum products, and the poisoning travels up the food chain. Respiratory, immune and adrenal systems are also damaged. Blood and organs are damaged. Breeding is interrupted or halted, or offspring become poisoned and die.

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Oil Spill Economic Damage

The economic effects of oil spills can be devastating and far-reaching. Large companies, sole proprietors, and individuals alike stand to endure major economic losses when oil spills occur. The Exxon Valdez spill has cost billions of dollars in cleanup and damage claims. Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the responsible party is liable for the costs associated with the containment or cleanup of the spill and any damages resulting from the spill. The EPA ensures that the responsible party is held accountable, but in many cases, the responsible party is not known or is unable to pay. In these cases, the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund can be tapped to pay for cleanup and damages.

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