Thanks to over three decades of right-wing policies, America has deregulated oil companies, lavished tax breaks upon them, and even fought wars to defend their interests. Alas, BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill proved too disastrous and destructive for even the staunchly conservative, pro-oil gulf states to ignore.
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank on April 20, 2010, killing 11 people and gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi River Delta for 87 days. Finally, on July 15, BP capped the leak. According to Wikipedia, the U.S. Government estimates the oil spill at 4.9 million barrels (210 million US gallons). BP did not fully contain the spill until September 19, and some reports insist the site continues to leak.
Facing massive law suits, criminal charges, and huge fines from the U.S. government, BP set aside billions for damages. BP also agreed to accept more lenient standards for settlements so they could avoid the trouble and expense of lengthy court battles. They then hired Ken Feinberg — the attorney who handled claims by victims of the 9/11 attacks — to sort everything out.
BP keeps trying to weasel out of its oil spill settlement agreement.
Now — just four years later — Huffington Post reports those eco-terrorist bastards at BP are demanding hundreds of millions of dollars in refunds for their supposed overpayments! They filed their complaint at a federal court in New Orleans, La. on Friday, June 27.
Instead of feeling grateful that they haven’t been thrown in jail or torn apart by angry mobs, these toxic sludge-spewing, habitat-killing scumbags are whining that their cash settlements have proven far more costly than they expected, thanks to all those scheming, undeserving small business owners.
In an earlier case, BP persuaded the court to change the formula for paying claims in the oil company’s favor. Now, they’re demanding that the court also apply those recalculations to claims that have already been paid, so BP gets a refund.
Meanwhile, BP’s also asking the courts to raise the burden of proof required for paying claims — despite their previous agreement.
BP spokesman whines about oil settlements on 60 Minutes.
We should have seen this coming back in early May, when BP Senior Vice President Geoff Morell appeared on 60 Minutes to pour his woes into the highly sympathetic ears of CBS “News” Correspondent Scott Pelley. Because we all know how lazy and undeserving all those victims are.
First, Feinberg primed the pump by telling Pelley that only a third of the claims against BP were valid — as though he actually lives in one of these communities and has any clue about what people have suffered:
“Human nature. Goes with the territory. I think that if you had any type of compensation program anywhere, you get a fair number of people who try and game the system to try and recover compensation.”
Morell then tosses in some outrageous anecdotal example to make BP’s victims look bad.
“We’re talking about a wireless phone company store that burned to the ground and shut down before the spill. An RV park owner that was foreclosed upon before the spill. And I love this one. A Pontiac dealer who could no longer sell Pontiacs because GM had discontinued the line before the spill.”
That’s right. Because these corporate psychopaths think it’s okay to screw people and then claim they don’t deserve any compensation for the privilege of being screwed by them. And it doesn’t matter if they’re legally and morally in the right — you can just use all your wealth and power to make them look bad — like Ronald Reagan did with his phony “welfare queen” story.
Here’s the 60 Minutes puff-piece news “report.”
NBC Today reports BP oil spill “still wreaking havoc.”
BP would love to pull a George W. Bush, declare victory, and go home. Alas for them, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is the gift from Hell that keeps on giving. In late April — just days before 60 Minutes aired its pandering “news” segment, NBC’s Today reported that the Deep Horizon oil spill is still “wreaking havoc.”
The tar from the 2010 disaster may be gone, but as oily sheen remains where wildlife once thrived along the Gulf Coast, and BP says they’ve already spent $14 billion to clean it up.