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On July 15 at 2:25 . Houston time, the test began. An ROV arm turned the handle on the capping stack 10 times, cranking it closed. For the first time since April 20, no oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico.
It sounds good in theory but in the real world it does\'nt happen that way. If someone can find that they can skirt around regulations and bring a project in cheaper then the regulations get tossed.
Removing spilled oil from the environment is a difficult task. Because oil is hydrophobic (doesn't mix with water), it floats to the surface when it spills into the ocean and forms large slicks. These slicks can wreak havoc on coastal ecosystems and animals, so cleanup workers use dispersants —chemicals that break down the oil into smaller particles that mix with water more easily—to prevent them from forming. Evaporation and bacteria can then degrade these tiny droplets more quickly than if they were in a large slick, or waves can wash them away from the spill site.
"BP did not act alone, by any means, and its gross negligence and willful misconduct are inextricably joined with the acts and omissions of Transocean," the government said in the filing.
For individuals and businesses that have suffered damages tied to the BP oil spill, it can be tough to know where to start. Should you file a claim under BP's $20 billion fund? Would a lawsuit be more effective? Is there an existing class action you could join? These are complex questions, and the legal landscape surrounding the BP oil spill can be tough to navigate on your own. You may want to talk with an experienced attorney about your case -- especially an attorney who has experience in cases involving damages caused by environmental disasters or familiarity with the BP claims process. You can use Nolo's trusted Lawyer Directory to locate and talk to an attorney in your area.