Statement on Louisiana Officials’ Misrepresentation of BP’s Record
Via BP`s Website.....................
Release date: 29 August 2013
After reviewing Gov. Jindal’s comments yesterday, BP Vice President & Head of US Communications Geoff Morrell issued the following statement:
Governor Jindal and his aide Garret Graves have completely misrepresented BP's record in the Gulf as well as the legal framework under which further funding related to the Deepwater Horizon accident would become available. Their political grandstanding contains patently false assertions, defies the demonstrated record of environmental recovery that has occurred across the Gulf, and defames the massive efforts of tens of thousands of people to foster prompt recovery and restoration. Not that BP or anyone else should be surprised – these recent comments are their latest in a series of over-the-top statements and overblown demands since the accident.
Here are the facts:
First, BP has to date spent more than $26 billion to help restore the Gulf. This amount includes more than $14 billion on the response and for clean-up, and more than $11 billion on over 300,000 claims paid to individuals, businesses and government entities.
Second, suggestions by Governor Jindal and Mr. Graves that BP is dragging its feet with respect to Clean Water Act and natural resource damages payments conveniently ignore that the law provides for these amounts to be determined through the judicial and regulatory process – to which BP is subject – not their own political whim.
The appropriate amount of any Clean Water Act penalties will be determined in the multi-district litigation in New Orleans. Any monies Louisiana might receive as a result will be apportioned accordingly.
BP's "Head of Communications" is a professional liar. All you need to know if after the Macondo disaster, BP hired Morrell from the Defense Department, where he cut his teeth convincing the American people (or at least some of them) that the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were going swimmingly.
People like this, and the companies the need to be exposed and held accountable!!