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Orange County Oil Spill

October 4, 2021 Blog,Maritime Litigation

CaseyGerry is investigating the massive oil spill off the coast of Orange County which has contaminated the water and coastline, resulting in the closure of surrounding beaches and a potential environmental catastrophe. Currents are spreading the contamination beyond the initial site of the leak, which is tied to an offshore platform that pumps heavy crude to Long Beach. According to the US Coast Guard, the oil is moving in a “southerly direction” and has reached Laguna. It will likely continue to “move in a southerly direction based on the wind and the weather and the currents.”

Orange County, a heavily populated area of Southern California, includes recreational and beachfront communities such as Dana Point, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, San Clemente and Seal Beach. In addition to the devastating environmental damage this will cause, the impact to property owners, businesses and individuals could be substantial. Tourism draws millions of people to Orange County each year which is fundamental to the livelihood of thousands of local employees. Further, the potential damage to coastal property owners is considerable, whether businesses or residential.

CaseyGerry has been fighting for victims of environmental catastrophes and against illegal polluters for decades. CaseyGerry represented over 1,000 fisherman whose livelihoods were affected when the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in Alaska. We have also litigated cases against oil companies in California that have polluted local farms. CaseyGerry helped negotiate an historic settlement against Volkswagen for the installation of software that intentionally cheated environmental and emissions laws. Similarly, we played an integral role in holding Fiat Chrysler accountable for selling diesel automobiles that were non-compliant with strict emissions standards.

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