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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Apr 30, 2013 2:31 PM Flag

    BP Posts $4.2 Billion In Q1 Profits As Its Chemical Dispersants Continue To Harm The Gulf

    Jackie Weidman, Guest Blogger on Apr 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    BP announced its 2013 first-quarter profits this morning, reporting earnings of $4.2 billion — down 10 percent from this time last year but higher than analysts’ forecasts.

    Here are some key facts about BP’s profits:
    •The company is sitting on nearly $28 billion in cash reserves.
    •In the first three months of 2013, BP spent $834 million buying back its own stock.
    •Meanwhile, worldwide oil production decreased to 2.3 million barrels per day, 5 percent lower than the first quarter of 2012.
    •BP’s CEO Bob Dudley raked in $2.7 million in 2012.
    •In 2012, BP gave over $400,000 in federal campaign contributions, with 59 percent going to Republicans. They also spent nearly $9 million on lobbying.
    •The company received an estimated $300 million annual tax break for 2011.

    April 20th marked the third anniversary of BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers and spewed 210 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico over the course of 87 days.

    In November 2012, BP agreed to pay a $4.5 billion settlement in criminal charges related to the spill: the largest criminal penalty in history. But a separate, and much larger civil trial, is still underway for Clean Water Act violations and is expected to continue well into this year. Record-setting fines for this trial could reach up to $17 billion if BP is found guilty of gross negligence. On top of that, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi are seeking an additional $34 billion for economic and property damage under the Oil Pollution Act.

    The Daily Beast recently detailed the extreme health effects related to pouring 1.8 million gallons of toxic chemicals into the ocean in the wake of the spill. Corexit, a “dispersant,” was used to keep oil from reaching the Gulf Coast shorelines. In the

    thinkprogressDOTorg/climate/2013/04/30/1942151/bp-posted-42-billion-in-q1-profits-as-its-chemical-dispersants-continue-to-harm-the-gulf/

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