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HRI Gulf Expert Assessing Effects of BP Horizon Explosion for Natural Resource Damage Assessment Report

April 10, 2012

paul montagna TAMUCCDr. Paul Montagna, Harte Research Institute chair and professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, is working on an assessment to determine the scale of the damage caused to the Gulf of Mexico by the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil explosion that will support the U.S. Department of Justice case against BP.

Attorney General Eric Holder has said that the U.S. has a “strong” case over liability for the explosion that killed 11 workers and released an estimated 4.9 million barrels of into the Gulf. While the majority of the oil was dispersed onto the shoreline, burned, dissolved, captured and skimmed, more than one million barrels are still unaccounted for, approximately 20 percent of what was released. Dr. Montagna’s research is helping assess damage caused by the oil in the deep-sea for the federal government’s Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA).

BP said on March 2 that it will pay an estimated $7.8 billion to resolve private plaintiffs’ claims for economic loss, property damage and injuries. However, the settlement doesn’t resolve federal and state government environmental damage claims. 

 


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