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A federal judge has ruled that BP was "grossly negligent" and "reckless" in the lead-up to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers and caused more than 200 million gallons of oil to flood into the Gulf of Mexico. BP could face up to $18 billion in extra fines following the ruling. The ruling also found BP subcontractors Transocean and Halliburton "negligent" in the accident. BP says it will immediately appeal. In a statement on its website, BP wrote: "BP strongly disagrees with the decision? … The law is clear that proving gross negligence is a very high bar that was not met in this case. BP believes that an impartial view of the record does not support the erroneous conclusion reached by the District Court." We discuss the court ruling with Antonia Juhasz, an oil and energy analyst who has reported on the Gulf oil spill from its outset. She is the author of "Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill."
Have environmental priorities finally trumped extreme right wing politics in the deep south?
Louisiana's Republican governor Bobby Jindal has heard enough from oil giant BP, taking them to task recently for destroying sensitive coastal areas during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.
For those of us who live along the Gulf Coast, it's good to see that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is fed up with BP’s ongoing ad campaign. Designed to greenwash their performance as compassionate and caring, BP's ads instead suggest that the families impacted by the 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill are greedy and corrupt - it's the mirror opposite of reality.
At a recent gathering of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, Jindal said, “Three and a half years later, BP is spending more money -- I want you to hear this -- they are spending more money on television commercials than they have on actually restoring the natural resources they impacted.”
Mother Jones quotes Jindal to the Council: “BP needs to stop spending hundreds of millions of dollars on their public relations campaign telling us how great they are and start proving it by addressing their Clean Water Act and Natural Resources Damage liabilities now.”
Jindal has good reasons to be upset with the oil company, as it appears that their oil spill fund could be as much as $6 billion short.
Jindal also pointed out that Transocean has “stepped up to the plate” and taken care of their financial responsibilities along the Coast, while BP appears to be attempting to skirt their responsibilities.
But Jindal’s offensive wasn’t going to be met with silence from BP, and the company was quick to tell the media, “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.” BP spokesman Geoff Morrell made that comment, according to Mother Jones.
We have exposed the massive PR campaign being carried out by BP, and you can find out about that here.
Jindal’s rhetoric is certainly what those of us along the Gulf Coast want to hear, but that may very well be the reason that he is using that kind of harsh language.
Jindal’s popularity in the state of Louisiana has bottomed out in recent months, and if the rumors floating around the media are to be believed, Jindal is in the running for the 2016 Republican presidential nod. In the immediate months following Jindal’s tough response to the oil spill, his approval rating jumped by 10%. Bringing back that same hardline approach to the oil giant could be his way of trying to rekindle that sentiment.
More reason to doubt Jindal’s sincerity comes from looking over his campaign finance records. The oil and gas industry represents Jindal’s #2 overall campaign donor, giving the politician more than a quarter of a million dollars during his short career. If a potential presidential run is in his future, he will need to keep those oil industry friends happy.
Compounding matters for Jindal is the fact he was an ardent supporter of deregulation for the oil industry, a factor that many correctly attribute as the cause of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Jindal’s motives may be questionable, but at this point, its hard to be angry about them. BP is taking advantage and demonizing the victims along the coast, and, even if it is for self-serving purposes, it is comforting to hear a politician taking them to task for their actions.Tags: bp Bobby Jindal Louisiana deepwater horizon oil spill PR media oil regulations polls Presidential Run 2016 Rumor gulf coast
“— US-Ölpest: Giftige Kosmetik | Wissen | ZEIT ONLINE
Es kam noch schlimmer.
Wie Hunderte, möglicherweise Tausende Arbeiter, die mit der Bekämpfung der Ölpest beschäftigt waren, wurde Griffin bald Opfer vieler qualvoller und bizarr wirkender Leiden. Im Juli verdrehten unkontrollierte Muskelspasmen ihre Hände zu unbeweglichen Klauen. Im August verlor sie kurzfristig ihr Erinnerungsvermögen. Nachdem sie zehn Jahre lang als Köchin gearbeitet hatte, erinnerte sie sich mit einem Mal nicht mehr, wie man eine Gemüsesuppe kocht. An einem Morgen stieg sie ins Auto und bemerkte, dass sie keine Hose angezogen hatte. Die rechte Seite ihres Körpers – und nur die rechte – "begann verrückt zu reagieren. Es fühlte sich so an, als würden die Nerven durch die Haut kommen. Es war höllisch schmerzhaft. Mein rechtes Bein schwoll an, irgendwann hatte mein Knöchel den Umfang meiner Wade, und meine Haut begann furchtbar zu jucken."”
“ [l] Nach nur wenigen Jahren kommt raus, dass BP ihre Helfer und die Anwohner mit dem Dispersionsmittel vergiftet hat, damit das Öl untergeht und es im Fernsehen nicht so übel aussieht. Wer das jetzt für eine neue Einsicht hält, liest wohl mein Blog noch nicht lange :-)— Fefes Blog
Update: Eine Sache sei trotzdem erwähnt: Wikipedia über Corexit:In late 2012, a study from Georgia Tech and Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico reported that Corexit used during the BP oil spill made the oil up to 52 times more toxic.”
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