SOURCE: Smith Stag, LLC

June 23, 2010 11:24 ET

New Blog Reports From the Front Lines of the BP Oil Spill

Oil Industry Nemesis New Orleans Attorney Stuart H. Smith Provides Hard-Hitting Behind-the-Scenes Commentary at www.oilspillaction.com

NEW ORLEANS, LA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2010) -  New blogger Stuart H. Smith, a New Orleans-based attorney representing Gulf Coast fishermen, the Louisiana Environmental Action Network and an array of major commercial interests, today announced the launch of his backroom, no-punches-pulled blog focused exclusively on the spill (www.oilspillaction.com). Smith, a much-loathed legal heavy-weight in the world of Big Oil, is well known for his role as lead counsel in an oilfield radiation case that delivered a verdict of more than $1 billion against ExxonMobil.

"As a New Orleans native, an environmentalist and an attorney who has seen some really ugly stuff, this disaster makes me sick to my stomach, physically ill," says Smith, who lives in the French Quarter and has law offices on nearby Canal Street. "My new blog gives me a forum where I can cut loose a little, and give people a look at what's happening behind the scenes, behind the rhetoric and the B.S."

Awash in fresh daily and hourly content, "The Stuart H. Smith Blog," covers all things "oil spill" -- all the time. Commentary ranges from insight on complex legal issues to just how hard it is to "keep a civil tongue" when appearing on national TV with a lying oil executive. Smith developed the newly minted blog, with tagline "The Real Story From the Front Lines of the BP Oil Spill," as a go-to resource and safe e-haven for concerned citizens, members of the media and victims looking for answers. This is commentary from one of the brightest legal minds and one of the most impassioned players in this process of making the Gulf Coast whole again.

Blog main features include: (1) a 24/7 ticker running the most informative headlines from across the media spectrum; (2) hard-hitting daily commentary on the most important and most controversial issues -- legal, political, environmental -- surrounding the spill; (3) "Guest Expert Blog Posts" from highly regarded toxicologists, physicians, petroleum engineers and environmentalists; (4) a twice-weekly updated feature, "The Oil Disaster By the Numbers," jammed with the very latest statistics on the spill from oil-flow estimates to total size of spill to impacted coastline to cleanup costs to damages paid; and (5) informative videos, photos, maps and more.

Stuart H. Smith
Stuart H. Smith (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuart_H._Smith), a founding partner of SmithStag, LLC (www.smithstag.com) in New Orleans, has practiced law for 25 years and is recognized internationally as a crusader against major oil companies, like Chevron, Shell and ExxonMobil. He is a Louisiana native and environmental attorney representing the United Commercial Fisherman's Association and the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) as well as an array of major commercial interests. Mr. Smith has been lead counsel on more than 100 oil pollution cases and is one of the few attorneys in the United States who has focused his practice almost entirely on finding remedies for victims of oil company pollution over the course of two decades. He has recently appeared on NBC Nightly News, CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," CNBC, BBC World News and Fox News.

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