A federal court decision late Monday will allow Alabama to proceed with its economic damages jury trial against BP and other responsible parties in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled against BP’s motion to strike Alabama’s demand for a jury trial seeking compensatory damages from the 2010 Gulf oil spill. This follows a March 16, 2015, order by Judge Barbier setting the Alabama compensatory damages trial to commence in the spring of 2016.
Scientific testing has confirmed a link between oil from the massive BP spill and tar found on Alabama beaches after Hurricane Isaac. Auburn University researcher Joel Hayworth said Tuesday a chemical analysis showed that tar balls collected after Isaac were associated with the type of oil spilled after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010. Auburn researchers collected about 15 pounds of tar balls after the storm, and officials from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach picked up still more.
Officials say they're finding tar balls on Alabama's beaches in the wake of Hurricane Isaac's landfall last week.
Representatives from the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach said Wednesday workers are seeing significantly more tar deposits on the sand than before Isaac struck. The tar is weathered and old, and it's not considered dangerous.
The cities believe tar is breaking off from large, submerged mats that were left from the BP oil spill in 2010. But tests have yet to confirm whether the tar is linked to the BP well or something else.