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Orange County Oil Spill Property Damage Lawyer

A devastating oil spill involving at least 144,000 gallons of crude oil dumped in the Pacific Ocean is currently impacting Orange County’s beaches and surrounding communities, including Huntington, Newport and Laguna. If you have suffered any form of property damage or business loss because of this oil spill, please contact Bentley & More LLP for a free legal consultation. Our attorneys can help you file a property loss insurance claim or lawsuit against the responsible company. Contact us to start with a free case review.

Property Owners in Orange County Await an Explanation

On Monday, October 4, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for Orange County as efforts to control and clean up the oil spill continued. The oil spill came from a pipeline connected to an oil platform named Elly, owned by Amplify Energy of Houston. Divers from Amplify Energy have searched around 8,000 feet of the burst pipeline as of Tuesday morning to determine the cause of the spill. The entire pipeline extends for 17 miles from the Port of Long Beach to the processing platform, which is located about 6 miles offshore in federal waters.

Early reports have stated that the pipeline responsible for the oil spill appears bent and split on underwater cameras, as well as displaced on the seafloor by about 105 feet. The CEO of Amplify Energy announced during a news conference that divers had found a specific area of significant interest that they were investigating further. When asked if the spill could have been caused by a ship’s anchor, the CEO said that this was a distinct possibility. However, they have yet to confirm the cause of the spill. 

Meanwhile, Orange County’s District Attorney, Todd Spitzer, is calling for an investigation by law enforcement officials rather than divers hired by the energy company, citing that Amplify Energy’s goal is to protect itself from liability rather than to bring justice to all of those impacted by the oil spill. Amplify Energy does have a pattern of violating safety rules and just emerged from bankruptcy four years ago. If the company is found to be responsible for the oil spill, it will be held accountable for victims’ related financial losses under federal law, including property damage.

Financial Compensation for Oil Spill Property Damage

Crude oil is extremely dangerous for everyone in the affected area. An oil spill in the ocean can be devastating for marine and wildlife. It can also cause health problems for those swimming in the water or even living in the immediate area – anyone who touches the oil or inhales its vapors. In addition, crude oil can cause significant property and environmental damage, including damage to: 

  • Homes
  • Rental properties
  • Landscaping and beaches
  • Businesses 
  • Commercial property 
  • Real estate 
  • Hotels and motels 
  • Restaurants and bars 
  • Boats 
  • Personal watercraft 
  • Docks and piers 
  • Fishing equipment 
  • Surfing equipment

Most property insurance policies will cover damage caused by an oil spill. If not, however, you may be eligible for financial compensation through a lawsuit or environmental tort class action against Amplify Energy. Our attorneys at Bentley & More LLP can help you understand all of your legal options for financial recovery. You may be eligible for compensation for your property repairs, destroyed property, the diminished value of your property after the oil spill, business losses, injuries to pets and more.

Contact Our Orange County Oil Spill Property Damage Lawyers Today

Bentley & More LLP is staying on top of all of the latest news, reports and information surrounding the Orange County oil spill. Our lawyers can help you understand your legal rights and options if your property was damaged by this disaster. We are compassionate and experienced personal injury lawyers who are committed to holding companies responsible for oil spills. 

Find out how we can help you during a free case consultation. Request yours at (949) 870-3800 or by contacting us online anytime.