US law firm Beasley Allen has filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama on behalf of Deupree Outdoor Guide Services, individually, and on behalf of commercial charter fishing guide businesses affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: www.wesawthat.blogspot.com
Defendants named in the suit are BP, BP Products North America, BP America, Halliburton Energy Services and Cameron International Corporation.
“These charter fishing guides depend on recreational and sports fishermen to earn a living," said Beasley Allen attorney Rhon Jones, head of the firm's Environmental Law section. "In addition, the services provided by these guides contribute heavily to the state's economy. Without a healthy marine life and open and accessible fishing areas, their livelihoods are placed in jeopardy."
The oil drilling platform, the Deepwater Horizon, exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20 and sank two days later. The wreckage continues to leak thousands of litres of oil every day.
A 2006 National Marine Fisheries Service report said 6.2 million recreational anglers in the Gulf of Mexico region spent US$2.2 billion on more than 23 million fishing trips in 2006. An estimated 3.2 million recreational anglers took fishing trips in the Gulf of Mexico during 2008. In 2009, travel in Alabama's Gulf Coast Region accounted for 35 percent of the state's tourism revenue, as well as 36 percent of the state's travel-related employment, and generated more than $3 billion in tourism-related expenditures for the state..