Buying Off Responsibility

Responsibility, not in the terminology of BP. Oh remember we were supposed to get out our crying towels last year because poor BP was treated unfairly. Yeah all them little old ladies in England would be destitute if BP were held accountable for the disaster in the Gulf. Hell I lost some friends over it arguing about it.

What some of us didn’t realize is BP had an inside friend. This administration was on their side from the start. Ken Salazar was their bitch from the day he could say Oil. Well BP is doing just fine and has been caught recently still trying to get away with murder. That’s right, people died that day. Guess what? They still are getting sick and dieing.

Recently, Greenpeace has come up with internal Emails from BP, showing their attempts to control research into the impact of the oil disaster of last year. I’m so surprised!

Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show BP officials discussing how to influence the work of scientists. Thank you Greenpeace!
Read the BP Internal meeting notes here.
Photograph: Gerald Herbert/AP
A clean-up operation on Queen Bess Island, June 2010. BP pledged a $500m fund for independent research into the consequences of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

BP officials tried to take control of a $500m fund pledged by the oil company for independent research into the consequences of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, it has emerged. Link
Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show BP officials openly discussing how to influence the work of scientists supported by the fund, which was created by the oil company in May last year.
Russell Putt, a BP environmental expert, wrote in an email to colleagues on 24 June 2010: “Can we ‘direct’ GRI [Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative] funding to a specific study (as we now see the governor’s offices trying to do)? What influence do we have over the vessels/equipment driving the studies vs the questions?”.
internal notes

Those concerns go far beyond academic interest into the impact of the spill. BP faces billions in fines and penalties, and possible criminal charges arising from the disaster. Its total liability will depend in part on a final account produced by scientists on how much oil entered the gulf from its blown-out well, and the damage done to marine life and coastal areas in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The oil company disputes the government estimate that 4.1m barrels of oil entered the gulf. retracks

On 4 August, Jane Lubchenco, the NOAA administrator, demanded that the White House issue a correction after it claimed that the “vast majority” of BP oil was gone from the Gulf.
A few days earlier, Lisa Jackson, the head of the EPA, and her deputy, Bob Perciasepe, had also objected to the White House estimates of the amount of oil dispersed in the gulf. “These calculations are extremely rough estimates yet when they are put into the press, which we want to happen, they will take on a life of their own,” Perciasepe wrote.
Another email, written by Karen Ragoonanan-Jalim, a BP environmental officer based in Trinidad, contains minutes of a meeting in Houma, Louisiana, in which officials discussed what kind of studies might best serve the oil company’s interests.
Under agenda item two, she writes: “Discussions around GRI and whether or not BP can influence this long-term research programme ($500m) to undertake the studies we believe will be useful in terms of understanding the fate and effects of the oil on the environment, eg can we steer the research in support of restoration ecology?”
Ragoonanan-Jalim acknowledges that BP may not have that degree of control. “It may be possible for us to suggest the direction of the studies but without guarantee that they will be done.”
The email goes on: “How do we determine what biological/ecological studies we (BP) will need to do in order to satisfy specific requirements (legislative/litigation, informing the response and remediation/restoration strategies).”

Now if you don’t think they’re all in bed with each other, let me ask you this, why has permits been issued this year for more deep water drilling without dealing with that notorious shut off valve? Why was it just announced that there will be no more press releases for issuing permits?

It would seem as in everything this administration is involved with, it caved to the pressure’s of big Oil. Do you really think we’re safer? Have the people of the Gulf been enumerated to what was agreed to? Is there a real effort to keep all things drilling under wraps? The answer to all these questions is a big YES. When our people are throw away so that Oil can do it’s dirty work, our country deserted us. We know were we stand, on the bottom of the ocean floor with the dispersant and oil that’s still there.


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11 Responses to Buying Off Responsibility

  1. Norman says:

    Thank you, Scaredstiff, for the insight on more of the same, by this administration. It proves one thing as I see it, that being, the corruption starts at the top, works its way down the food chain. I just wonder where the fools on the hill think that they’re going to live after having been instrumental in the destruction of the planet! Big oil, Nuclear, gosh, if we don’t figure out a way to stop them, we’re all doomed, sooner than we think.

  2. scaredstiff says:

    Thanks Norman, your comment is very well appreciated. Let’s hope we’ve not passed the point of no return.

  3. Krell says:

    Absolutely disgusting. But it really doesn’t surprise me at all. Corporations are neither moral or immoral, they are amoral.

    Their whole action / reaction model is based on the bottom line. Their shareholders and bottom line profits are their conscience. If one company seems to be “green” it’s only because they have determined that being “green” is more profitable based on image and perception. You cannot blame them because that’s just the way it is. That is the very fiber of it’s nature.

    That is why we MUST have valid rules and regulations! Corporations cannot be allowed to govern themselves or self-police. Industry insiders creating the rules DOES NOT WORK!! It’s very nature of demand and profit WILL NOT ALLOW IT TO WORK!

    This is not a anti-corporation rant, just a understanding of the system. If corps have a level playing field where every player has the same rules and concerns established, then it works. Destroy that balanced field and it rapidly breaks down.

  4. jackjodell53 says:

    Scared Stiff,
    BP is a prime example of a multinational corporation running amok and harming everything in its path. It is symptomatic of the way corporations, if left unchecked, are the worst institution ever devised by man.

    BP should have its charter revoked and be completely disbanded.

  5. scaredstiff says:

    Jack, As you know they’ve done tremendous mounts of damage over the years. Since the early 50s they have been behind many false flags through out history. Iran comes to mind when the Shah was put into power and was so brutal towards it’s people. Of course the western world loved him because he was friendly with the oil there.
    I lost some friends last year who were English because I voiced what you said. I was accused of trying to starve little old ladies who’s pension was based on BP earnings.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      And the ONLY reason they are involved at all in old ladies’ pensions is because the British government won’t tolerate the same types of corporate self-indulgence that ours does here! THEY make them PAY!

  6. BP also murdered 15 texas workers when they played fast and loose w/Osha requirements in 2005. They have been buying their way out of that one too Tim. I hope the cheapass exec’s that were responsible for that explosion languish in the bottom rung of Dante’s Inferno as soon as possible.

    • scaredstiff says:

      Dusty, I fear Dante’s may be the only place they have to answer for what they’ve done. BP has been responsible for complete changes in Governments over the years. Prime example is Iran back in the early 50s. The Shah was their guy.

  7. Trisha Springstead RN MS says:

    I posted many writings and research under the wrong heading. OOPs I posted under the Japan Meltdown. If you could would your put them under the Gulf Spill.
    Sorry about that. Thanks for making sense and Speaking Truth to power.
    Trisha Springstead RN MS

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