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|Suit says BP official resigned over safety issues
A shareholder lawsuit against BP asserts that a BP drilling exec, Kevin Lacy, known for his strong record on safety with Chevron quit BP because of his concerns about safety there. When Lacy resigned four out five of BP's top drilling positions in the Gulf were held by people with only a few months on the job. I'm not sure why Mr. Lacy took the job in the first place considering BP's lengthy and unbroken track record of talking about safety as a PR exercise without ever bothering to practice it.
The lawsuit also claims that BP cut safety budgets and personnel. I find it curious as to why it is that plaintiff's attorneys were able to discover this news about Mr. Lacy while the government commissions investigating the Deepwater Horizon either didn't know or did not call Mr. Lacy as a witness.
A former official with BP's drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico resigned just months before last year's oil spill because of disagreements with the oil giant over its commitment to safety, according to a class-action federal lawsuit related to the spill.
|Suit alleges BP cut back on safety before oil spill
WaPo has more on the pension fund lawsuit. Earlier articles indicated that Dziubinski was squeezed out for basically trying to fix critical safety issues in BP's operations in Alaska. There is no information in the WaPo story that indicates who read the internal BP document pointing out serious safety shortcomings.
From Curtis Jackson's LinkedIn page it looks like he was still with BP as of June of last year. That was after the spill so I'm not sure how he fits in to the lawsuit. Curtis belongs to a couple a Amoco groups so he probably was working for them when BP and Amoco merged.
Curtis Jackson’s Experience
The New York State comptroller, the Ohio state pension funds and other large investors have alleged that BP made cost-saving cutbacks in its safety operations prior to last year's major oil spill and that it disregarded safety warnings from its own managers.
|Gulf oil wells 10 miles from Deepwater Horizon site leaking since 2004
Big kudos to Ben Raines of the Mobile Press-Register for following up on this story he initially wrote in June. For some reason these wells were allowed to leak since 2004 and they are just now getting around to capping them.
The Coast Guard is habitually underfunded but allowing wells to leak for going on seven years is totally unacceptable. To add major insult to injury it doesn't appear as though the offending company has had to pay any fines.
There is no mention in the article about whether fishing has been forbidden in the affected area. I have a real queasy feeling we may already know the answer that question. Gulf seafood anyone?
While the Deepwater Horizon well has been capped since July, another group of wells about 10 miles away has been leaking oil into the Gulf since 2004, according to federal records.
|Toxic Nevada mine lawsuit seeks $5M from BP, ARCO
Unsatisfied with wreaking havoc with their unsafe practices in the oil businesses BP is also deliberately using its mining operations as weapons against the environment and human health.
Neighbors of a toxic mine in northern Nevada have filed a class-action lawsuit against BP America and Atlantic Richfield Co. accusing them of intentionally and negligently concealing the extent of the contamination leaking off the abandoned site for decades.
|BP's Atlantic Richfield to pay $6.7 mln Idaho settlement
More mine evildoing by BP. At least the EPA is trying to clean the mess up although it sure seems to be too little, way too late.
A BP affiliate will pay over $6.7 million for cleanup and damages stemming from mining and smelter operations that caused heavy metal pollution in Idaho, the U.S. Attorney in the state said on Monday.
|BP Solar ditching San Francisco headquarters
More lip service from BP about the "Beyond Petroleum" PR hogwash. Solar work is being bought from others overseas with BP only taking a marketing role. There doesn't seem to be an industry that's too filthy and dangerous for BP to embrace but they run away from solar like it has scary cooties. - h/t Yasuragi
It's been a short, strange trip for BP Solar in San Francisco.
|BP Headed for Trial Over Royalty Dispute
Perhaps we need a new legal definition of "malice." It seems like pretty near everything BP does is malicious including, in this case, cheating people out of money. h/t Yasuragi
Some 4,000 lease-holders who sued BP America over royalty payments on natural gas leases in New Mexico are not eligible for punitive damages, a federal judge ruled. But the fairness of the company's 25 percent fee to process raw gas at its own plant will be for a jury to decide.
|Obama budget would charge oil companies for inspections, drilling permits
The Obama administration has proposed sensible increases in fees to finance the grossly underfunded Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. Naturally, industry and Senator Landrieu are shrieking objections. It doesn't seem to embarrass industry the slightest to complain about the paltry sum they contribute to the treasury in comparison to their obscene profits. Click through if you want to read the whining.
The Obama administration's proposed fiscal 2012 budget would provide $500 million to restructure the regulatory and oversight regime for offshore drilling, strengthening enforcement in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf and charging oil companies user fees for inspecting their operations and processing their drilling permits.
|Ken Feinberg's Gulf oil spill claims criteria blasted by congressional members
“We appreciate their input,” and “It’s not like she’s living out of her car,” are unjust and unwarranted responses to lawmakers legitimate complaints about the unfair and arbitrary claims process. No sane person could possibly make heads nor tails of what is going on with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility process other than victims are being routinely screwed by Feinberg and BP.
Ken Feinberg today heard from three angry members of the Gulf Coast congressional delegation, including U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, who accused the oil claims czar’s spokeswoman of lying to the public.
|BP Claims Czar Called on the Carpet
I hope that Florida lawmakers are able to persuade BP and Kenneth Feinberg to change their grossly unfair ways but, so far, no one else has prevailed in doing that.
Complaints over BP’s Claims process are reaching a fever pitch and state lawmakers in Florida have had enough. As Whitney Ray [reporter] tells us, they’ve invited the BP Claims Czar to Tallahassee to find out why Florida businesses aren’t getting paid.
|'It is the exact opposite of what we have been told'
Given the GCCF's miserable track record Feinberg had absolutely no cause to get upset about a lawmaker visiting the Ohio claims processing facility. That is just more evidence that there is no intention of making the GCCF claims process transparent despite Feinberg's assertions.
There is nothing in this article that confirms or refutes Broxson's assertion that only five people are making final decisions for claims.
State Rep. Doug Broxson traveled to Dublin, Ohio, on Monday to take a firsthand look at the Gulf Coast Claims Facility office there and discover why BP oil spill claims are not being paid.
|Oil spill claims 'quick pay' means more waiting, for some
Feinberg and his BP friends now have new tactic to not pay legitimate claims—investigating legitimate claimants for fraud when there is no reason to suspect fraud.
Kenneth Feinberg couldn't have been clearer: In December, the oil spill claims czar told claimants who had already received emergency payments from him that they could sign away their right to sue, collect one more check within 14 days and be done with the whole process, with "no further review."
|BP claims process 'unacceptable'
Senator Bill Nelson is unhappy with Feinberg and the claims process. However, more interestingly, a state Representative claims that only five people are making claims decisions even though there is no mention of how he knows this is true.
Calling the way the Gulf Coast Claims Facility has handled pay outs to those affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill “unacceptable,” Sen. Bill Nelson on Monday said if the process does not become more transparent and efficient, he will ask for Administrator Ken Feinberg to be replaced.
|Florida CFO Seeks Claimants' Feedback on BP Oil Claims
I don't know if would do any good but if any Florida business are having problems with their GCCF claims the state's CFO is asking for feedback.
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater is asking the state's business community and BP oil spill claimants for their input regarding the claims handling process of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.
|Russia Embraces Offshore Arctic Drilling
It's hard to imagine that there won't be catastrophic spills in the future in Russia's fragile arctic environment when Putin thinks that BP has learned their lesson about safety and a senior Russian official thinks a little radiation is a good thing.
Russia, where onshore oil reserves are slowly dwindling, last month signed an Arctic exploration deal with the British petroleum giant BP, whose offshore drilling prospects in the United States were dimmed by the Gulf of Mexico disaster last year. Other Western oil companies, recognizing Moscow’s openness to new ocean drilling, are now having similar discussions with Russia.
|Book Review: Blowout In The Gulf: The BP Oil Spill Disaster And The Future Of Energy In America By William R. Freudenburg And Robert Gramling
Sadly, one of this book's authors, William Freudenburg passed away shortly after the book was published. He was the Dehlsen Professor of Environmental StudiesUniversity of California Santa Barbara.
You can download the video of the presentation that Freudenburg gave on his book. h/t Yasuragi
For a century, America was the world’s biggest producer — and user — of petroleum. Today, the country remains the biggest user while supplying less than 7 percent of world demand. Although this book is nominally about the 2010 BP oil spill, it’s really a primer on the oil industry: where it started, the companies and regulations it spawned, and how it has seduced nations everywhere to think and act as if they can’t live without it.
|Kevin Costner Fights Back at Stephen Baldwin's BP Oil Spill Lawsuit
Costner is claiming that he never spoke to Baldwin. I wonder if Baldwin and friends bothered to watch Costner's testimony before Congress where he stated BP's intention to buy some of the centrifuges. It's impossible to sort out the truth of the matter but I would both sides are sporting some growing noses when they speak.
Kevin Costner has asked that a federal judge release him from a multimillion-dollar lawsuit over whether actor Stephen Baldwin and a business associate were tricked into giving up shares of a company that sold technology to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico left by a BP drilling rig.
|Kevin Costner lawsuit: Stephen Baldwin sues Kevin Costner over technology to fight oil spills
Costner now says that he doesn't even own any part of the company that manufactured the centrifugal oil separators he was hawking. The guy that seemingly owns the company claimed they worked well on barges but couldn't handle the really thick onshore oil. BP has dismantled the centrifuges and put them in storage.
I wish someone trustworthy would offer a public opinion about the whether or not the centrifuges were actually useful on the barges. I'm also scratching my head about why they tested the centrifuges on oil the consistency of peanut butter—seems more than an odd tool to use for that purpose.
In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, Baldwin and a business associate say they were duped into cashing out their shares of Ocean Therapy Solutions, a Louisiana company that leased 32 centrifugal oil separators to BP for an estimated $52 million. Costner helped arrange the deal.
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