Since the federal government informed BP they were suspended from applying for any lucrative federal government contracts, BP has been in full lobbying mode, doing everything in their power to make sure their suspension is a minimal hit on their bottom line. Never mind that they killed 11 workers in the Gulf when their rig, Deepwater Horizon exploded…gotta protect those shareholders!
As the following TruthOut article explains, BP is telling their shareholders to calm the fuck down, everything is going to be ok, in spite of a history of hundreds of years of screwing the environment and killing people and animals:
Despite a long history of “egregious violations,” the behemoth oil company’s temporary suspension from obtaining lucrative government contracts may turn out to be much shorter than expected.
“BP is a serious serial corporate environmental criminal and a corporate serial killer…. [The company] always settles its cases with the government and promises to change its culture, but it continues to do the same thing over and over again.”
– Jeanne Pascal, former EPA debarment counsel
On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made a surprise announcement stating that, effective immediately, the oil behemoth and more than a dozen of its subsidiary companies will be “ineligible” to “receive any federal contract or approved subcontract” as a result of BP’s agreement to plead guilty two weeks ago to a wide range of crimes directly related to the deadly April 2010 disaster in the Gulf.
“EPA is taking this action due to BP’s lack of business integrity as demonstrated by the company’s conduct with regard to the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion, oil spill and response as reflected by the filing [by the Justice Department] of a criminal information,” the EPA said in its statement.
In a news release BP issued after it settled criminal charges related to the Gulf disaster, BP said the company “has not been advised of the intention of any federal agency to suspend or debar the company in connection with this plea agreement.”
The EPA’s announcement, which does not apply to BP’s existing federal contracts, was made the same day the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management opened up for sale to oil companies more than 20 million acres in the Western Gulf of Mexico for oil and natural gas exploration and development. Also, on Wednesday, two BP supervisors who were aboard the Deepwater Horizon when it exploded were arraigned on manslaughter charges, and a former BP vice president was arraigned on false statements and obstruction of Congress. All three pleaded not guilty.
A BP spokeswoman said the company already had decided before the decision by the EPA to sit out Wednesday’s lease sale. But the EPA’s suspension would also have covered new drilling leases and so the timing of the agency’s announcement does not appear to be coincidental. BP was the high bidder in June for 43 leases to drill in the Central Gulf of Mexico, not far from the site of where the Macondo well ruptured and spewed millions of barrels of oil into the waters. BP is the largest deepwater leaseholder in the Gulf.
But after the EPA announced BP’s suspension, BP quickly issued a statement, downplaying the EPA’s action and attempting to reassure its shareholders, saying that the corporation “has been in regular dialogue with the EPA” and is already negotiating with federal regulators to lift the ban.
“The EPA has informed BP that it is preparing a proposed administrative agreement that, if agreed upon, would effectively resolve and lift this temporary suspension,” BP’s statement says. “The EPA notified BP that such a draft agreement would be available soon.”
BP noted that it has already provided “both a present responsibility statement of more than 100 pages and supplemental answers to the EPA’s questions based on that submission.”
“Moreover, in support of BP’s efforts to establish present responsibility, the US Department of Justice agreed, in the plea agreement, that it will advise any appropriate suspension or debarment authority that in the Department’s view, BP has accepted criminal responsibility for its conduct relating to the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion, oil spill and response,” BP’s statement said.
However, in a statement issued to Truthout, the EPA said that while the agency cannot specifically comment on BP’s claims about negotiations to lift the contracting ban, the plea agreement the company entered into “includes a remedial order that, if accepted by the court at sentencing, will specifically provide for BP to submit to the government a plan for addressing the conditions which gave rise to the statutory violations within 60 days.
BP’s long-assed history of not giving a shit about federal safety laws, or any countries safety laws for that matter, goes back decades. As The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) states in a writeup , BP will promise the Federal Government anything to..cough.. ‘get back in the game’ here in the U.S. After all, the U.S. is just a small part of the world…BP has holdings and projects all over the entire world with every country that has oil or natural gas underneath it.
BP does business under a plethora of names, so it’s hard to nail down the exact number of people killed, land destroyed and just general over-all fuckups that caused damage to either humans, animals or the earth with their explosions, pipeline spills, tanker spills, etc. all over the world.
POGO has a database of misconduct by federal government contractors and when you search under British Petroleum or more precisely BP, the company pops up with a whole, long page of shit going back to the 1990’s . They include lots of spills along the Alaska Pipeline, The North Sea, various tanker spills and various refinery fires and explosions, among other safety ‘problems’.
Then there is BP’s most recent refinery problem in Texas City, TX that exploded and killed 15 workers back in 2005. Of course that was the second explosion at that refinery. The first was in 1947.
BP has been named one of the worst corporations in the world when it comes to protecting the environment and it’s workers by a website called Multinational Monitor. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize they are probably one of the worst in the entire world, you just have to be able to read.
BP has a long, storied history of not giving a shit about the environment or human beings, starting here in the US back when John D. Rockefeller founded a little oil production company called SOHIO, also known as Standard Oil of Ohio. Of course now it’s a multi-national corporation under the umbrella of British Petroleum…aka BP, a brief history of which you can read over at Time magazine here. It was written two and a half years ago, shortly after the infamous Gulf of Mexico disaster.
The bottom line is this: BP will ‘be back in the game’ here in the United States…you can bet your last buck on that. Even losing out on a few federal government contracts won’t take this monolithic giant down…o hell no. The POGO writeup says the EPA sent BP a message when they slapped their wrists with this latest suspension.
I say bullshit, they did no such thing. BP and all it’s subsidiaries have been polluting and killing forever, since 1901 to be exact…and I am quite sure they will continue to do so….the EPA and their recent decree be damned. BP is too big to kill off, no matter how much damage they do to people, animals or the earth in general.