Interior Department Nixes Study Aimed at Improving Offshore Drilling Inspections

The Trump Administration’s campaign to stymie regulatory efforts targeting the offshore oil and gas industry continued this month, as the Interior Department halted a study aimed at improving the way the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) conducts safetyRead More

Two Months After Port Aransas Barge Explosion, U.S. Coast Guard Scrutinizes Response

Nearly two months after a deadly explosion killed two crewmembers aboard a barge off the coast of Port Aransas, Texas, officials with the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies gathered to discuss their response to the tragedy. “Whether it’s tugRead More

Trump Administration Scraps Offshore Worker Protections Proposed in Wake of Deepwater Horizon Explosion

  New rules meant to protect those working in the offshore drilling industry have been scrapped, after the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) refused to enact the regulations. According to the Houston Chronical, the refusal comes as the BSEERead More

Cause of Deadly Oil Barge Explosion Off Port Aransas Continues to Elude Investigators

The U.S. Coast Guard has yet to determine the cause of a deadly oil barge explosion that killed two crewmembers off the coast of Port Aransas, Texas, last month. Crew Member Remains Missing Dujour Vanterpool, 26, of Houston and Zachariah Jackson,Read More

Investigation Underway After Shell Oil Rig Fire Injures Two Workers, Forces Evacuation of Gulf of Mexico Platform

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) are investigating an offshore oil rig fire in the Gulf of Mexico that left two maritime workers injured. The fire aboard Royal Dutch Shell’s Enchilada platform was reportedRead More

1 Crewmember Tragically Killed and Another Still Missing After Barge Explodes and Catches Fire Off Coast of Port Aransas, Texas

A crew member remains missing and another was tragically killed following a barge explosion and fire off the coast of Port Aransas, Texas on October 17, 2017. Oil barge B255 was under tow by the Buster Bouchard, about 3 miles off PortRead More

Jones Act Lawyers Reach $6.7 Million Settlement for Back Injury

The Jones Act lawyers at Zehl & Associates are pleased to announce a $6.7 Million Settlement in an offshore back injury case. Our client, a 52 year-old commercial fisherman, suffered serious neck and back injuries in March of 2015 whenRead More

Unemployment Continues to Plague Offshore Workers, Despite Oil & Gas Rebound

Unemployment among offshore workers remains high, despite signs that the worst oil and gas recession in 30 years is beginning to ebb. Low Oil Prices Weigh on Offshore Production More than 200,000 oil and gas drilling jobs have been lostRead More

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$12 Million Settlement Recovered for Jones Act Back Injury

  Our Maritime & Jones Act Lawyers are proud to announce the recovery of a $12 Million settlement for our client who suffered a nearly fatal back injury while working for a major offshore oil and gas company. Ryan Zehl obtained theRead More


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