BP Using Gulf Oil Spill Victims As Pawns To Pressure Alabama To Drop Charges

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I recently wrote that the State of Alabama has filed charges against BP and Transocean for covering up the BP Gulf Oil spill and for using dangerous toxic dispersants that have destroyed the environment.

Now if we can only get other states to follow suit AND add a few more defendants to the list like the cronies in the Government who are allowing this to happen.

WKRG News 5 in Alabama reports that the Attorney General of Alabama has filed charges against BP and Transocean for covering up the BP Gulf Oil Spill and using a dangerous and highly toxic choice of chemical dispersants among other things.

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Alabama’s attorney general is suing BP and others over the Gulf oil spill saying the oil giant has broken too many promises.

Attorney General Troy King filed two lawsuits in federal court in Montgomery late Thursday afternoon. One suit is against BP, the other against Transocean.

In a statement released Friday, King said “their history of saying one thing and doing another, and now, new information that they have been secretly working to gain a legal advantage, can only further damage our people.”

The lawsuit claims “defendants were slow and incompetent, if not dishonest, in their announcements and warnings to the state of Alabama and its citizens and businesses,” referring to the drastic difference in the initial oil flow estimate of 1,000 barrels per day and the latest estimate of as much as 60,000 barrels per day.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified money damages plus punitive damages, also references BP’s choice of a “highly toxic chemical used to disperse oil in the ocean.”

The Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20, causing nearly 200 million gallons of oil to gush into the Gulf of Mexico over 87 days before the well was capped last month.

A spokesman for BP declined to comment to the Associated Press.

King filed the lawsuit against the wishes of Gov. Bob Riley, who says the state should pursue an out-of-court settlement first.

Here are some highlights of the charges filed against BP and Transocean by the State of Alabama.

Damages to the State of Alabama

Defendants have yet to clean up the millions of gallons of oil, dispersants, and other materials and substances discharged into the waters, property, estuaries, seabed, animals, plants, beaches, shorelines, coastlines, islands, marshlands and other natural and economic resources of the State of Alabama and the ultimate amount of damages incurred by the State of Alabama as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster is not yet ascertainable and shall be established according to proof presented at the trial of this matter. However, damages incurred to date shall include:

r. Failing to prepare an adequate oil disaster repose plan.

s. Failing to marshal sufficient resources to adequately respond to the oil disaster and protect the waters, property, estuaries, seabed, animals, plants, beaches, shorelines, coastlines, islands, marshlands and other natural and economic resources of the State of Alabama.

t. Failing to use BOPs appropriate for this drilling operations, and failure to test the BOPs there where used.

u. Failing to follow the plans and specifications applicable to the design and construction of the Oil Well and its components.

v. Failing to use safety devices adequate to arrest the flow of oil in the even of a catastrophic failure of the Oil Well or drilling rig

w. Failing to properly design the Oil Well.

x. Concealing or misrepresenting the nature, size and extent of the oil disaster

y. Using Dangerous chemical dispersants of an incorrect nature, type and amount.

Now the Montgomery Advertiser is reporting that BP is using BP Gulf Oil Spill Victims as pawns in game to place pressure on the State Of Alabama to drop those charges.

BP executive: State’s lawsuit complicates process for evaluating $148 million claim

The Mississippi-born top executive of BP told Gulf coast officials Sunday that the company is trying to com­pensate people with losses due to the oil spill without litiga­tion, but that a lawsuit filed by the attorney general of Alabama is complicating the company’s evaluation of a $148 million claim from that state.

Incoming BP CEO Bob Dudley said the lawsuit was filed by the attorney general the same day Gov. Bob Riley and other offi­cials presented him with the $148 million claim for lost reve­nue.”We hadn’t even read the claim when the lawsuit came. It was that quick,” he said.

Dudley said BP officials will meet today with representatives of the Alabama attorney gener­al’s office and Riley’s finance of­fice. He said they will meet to discuss the specifics of the claim and the claims in the litigation. Dudley will not attend the meet­ing. Dudley said BP’s approach has been to negotiate “without the time-consuming process” of litigation. He said BP, unlike Exxon with the Valdez spill, does not want to spend 20 years in court.

“I do not think that is the way for us to resolve this,” Dudley said…

[The rest of the article is all BP PR Propaganda quotes]

So to summarize, BP is implying they will not pay claims to Alabama residents unless Alabama drops the charges against BP.

I find that odd since Mr. Fairness Kenneth Fienberg has been appointed by the Federal Government to be “a neutral fund administrator responsible for all decisions relating to the administration and processing of claims” that is supposed to handle claims against BP from the $20 billion escrow account without any BP involvement.

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