Roy said that the Swiss top man, responsible for the safety at the drilling platform Transocean, didn’t even meet the minimum requirements for the job.
“His training consisted of a 3 day course,” Roy said, who is defending thousands of residents from the Gulf Coast who were affected by the disaster but have received little or no financial compensation from BP.
“It’s amazing but he never even set foot on the platform,” the lawyer contended. Roy pointed out that this disaster was the seventh big incident to take place on a platform by Transocean over a short time span of just 17 months.
The trial is ongoing in New Orleans. Roy is demanding billions in compensation for those whose lives were severely altered by the Gulf of Mexico environmental disaster caused by the explosion of the Deep Water Horizon platform on April 20 2010.
11 employees were killed during the explosion, which released millions of gallons of crude oil into the gulf. BP is being accused of severe neglect.
BP has been trying relentlessly to push as much as possible of the blame for the disaster on Halliburton, the company which operated the platform and which was responsible for closing the oil leak on the Transocean platform.
It took 87 days to close the leaks; all the while, crude oil continued to seep into the gulf, creating one of the world’s largest environmental disasters.
Americans living in five states across the Gulf saw black tar washing ashore. Tourism and fishing shrunk to barely survivable levels; both were once a primary source of revenue for most people living along the Gulf of Mexico.
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