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Adventure Sports II suing British Petroleum

Posted by Scuba Herald on Jun 19th, 2010 and filed under Scuba Industry. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Adventure Sports II suing British Petroleum

So lately is all about the Oil Spill… and how is this going to affect the diving industry? well… it seems some companies are starting to take things in their hands, and that’s why this news has some huge relevance for the diving industry.

This proves that if you can’t find solutions from BP… use the law to sink them and get justice.

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. has filed a lawsuit against British Petroleum (“BP”) and several other companies with ties to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The firm represents Adventure Sports II, a SCUBA diving business, which has incurred damages related to the BP oil spill disaster, including loss of profits, business income, and earning capacity.

Current estimates say between 40.7 million and 114.5 million gallons of oil already have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20, and oil continues to spew from the undersea well every day. Beaches up and down the Gulf Coast have been closed to swimmers, and visitors who are ordinarily drawn to the area’s emerald waters are canceling plans. But even in areas where waters are open and diving is safe, travelers are staying away out of fear about oil contamination. According to the Adventure Travel Trade Association, dive industry sales total more than $800 million annually.

“The SCUBA diving business is taking a double hit, impacted by actual oil spill damages, and the fear that surrounds reports of the leak’s effect on the Gulf of Mexico,” Rhon Jones, head of Beasley Allen’s Environmental Law section, said. “Even when the water is clean and safe and dive sites are open, many travelers are still avoiding the Gulf Coast because of misconceptions about where the oil is now, and fears about where it might spread in the coming weeks and months.”

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