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|Companies say they are owed millions for BP work
It's hardly surprising that BP is adding their subcontractors to the long list of its victims. If BP's prime contractors aren't making timely payments to its subs it is BP's complete responsibility to see that immediate action is taking rather than blowing off the problem with lip service.
I hope some state's attorney generals will take a serious look at charging BP and its prime contractors with fraud.
|UK wooed Gadhafi before Lockerbie bomber freed
There were a few stories about the British government's report clearing itself of meddling in Scottish affairs to seek the release of the Lockerbie bomber, Abdulbaset Ali al-Megrahi, but Michael Isikoff's comprehensive piece is by far the best.
The long and short of it is that BP and the British government did backflips for Ghadafi selling out the Lockerbie victims for lucrative Libyan contracts. Click through to read vomit-inducing quotes from Brown's letters to Ghadhafi.
|Sierra Club wants to join U.S. suit in BP spill
The government is joining BP and Transocean in opposing having the Sierra Club join in its suit. Given some highly questionable conduct during the spill there is a strong case to be made that the public would be well-served by having some environmentalists at the lawsuit table.
The Sierra Club hits the nail on the head with its assertion that the government is implicated in some of the damage from the BP's black monster due to it's own questionable decision-making. I don't know if the Sierra Club's petition has a snowball's chance in Haders of succeeding but it would be wonderful to have some people wearing white hats looking over the government's shoulder.
|Gulf of Mexico oil spill signals need for more investment in green technology, activists say
It is a disappointment that there isn't any video online from this conference. I would have particularly liked to have heard more of what the Chemical Safety Board's chairman had to say. They are a very small group which has been relentless in dogging the BP forensic investigation.
|District Court Sets Ground Rules For BP’s Communications With Oil Spill Claimants
This was blogged by an attorney hustling business but it does a great job of laying out the key points of Judge Barbier's recent February 2 ruling concerning the Gulf Coast Claims Facility run by Kenneth Feinberg. The disastrous mess that the GCCF has become cries out for legislation to establish a truly independent process to compensate victims both fairly and quickly.
|Editorial: Final claims proposal is disappointing
The Mississippi Press is underwhelmed with the GCCF's final payment methodology.
|Free legal assistance offered to claimants of BP oil spill
Help from Legal Services in the Pensacola area is a big step forward from the GCCF offering BP lawyers to its victims.
|Public comment period on oil spill claims methodology ends Feb. 16
I would note that the word "subsistence" is not found in the methodology document nor do I see any provisions for compensating impoverished Gulf coast residents who depend on fishing for a most of their diet. Their lives do not include a paper trail so they are invisible to the GCCF and left to suffer.
|BP Clean Up, Lay-offs and Tar Balls
Cleanup workers in Gulf Shores, Alabama have been laid off with no notice with tar balls still coming ashore. It seems highly doubtful to me that government officials agreed to halt cleanup with tar balls the size of golf balls still washing ashore as claimed by BP. h/t Yasuragi
|BP lays off more workers as oil cleanup work lessens
I've never had the dubious honor of vacationing on an oiled beach so I'm quite puzzled as to what happens after the workers only clean up the tar balls in the morning. Are beach visitors left to contend with newly arrived tar balls during the day or do they only wash up at night?
Do BP and Alabama officials think that if there isn't heavy equipment and cleanup workers on the beach that people won't realize that oil on the beaches is an ongoing problem? In either case I find myself totally dumbfounded as to why anyone would wish to visit a beach where tar balls are washing ashore daily.
There is also a mention of officials considering a dress code for cleanup workers. I wonder what the hot fashion ticket is for distracting beach visitors from tar balls?
|Slope family awarded $4.9 million for BP's use of land: Arctic Alaska
The Bureau of Indian Affairs cut a sweetheart deal with BP and other oil companies to cheat an Inupiat Eskimo family out of fees for use of their North Slope land. It is beyond despicable that the BIA forced this family to go to court to get money that was fairly due them rather than settling and promising to sin no more.
BP is currently looking at appealing the judge's decision and for ways to access the oil in alternate ways— undoubtedly looking for a new victim to cheat.
|Tourist councils to get $25 million from BP
BP has shelled out quite a bit of money in different areas for promoting tourism. It just occurred to me that I haven't seen any TV ads which makes me wonder if anyone anywhere is riding herd on how the funds are being spent.
|Oyster Industry Convention
The oyster business has taken a heavy punch in the gut from BP's black monster and people remain extremely uncertain about the future. I wonder if they are desperate enough to lobby Congress for meaningful, scientifically valid seafood testing.
|Big reason for hope in Iraq: Oil, and lots of it
It's hard not to wonder that the corroding pipelines in Iraq combined with BP's notoriously slipshod maintenance might end up costing the Iraqi's a truly nasty spill or more. One would think that Iraqi officials should have been looking to partner with companies with superb maintenance track records. I would be very interested in knowing just how it was that BP ended up with the contract. h/t Yasuragi
|Pakistani NA panel bars govt from renewing agreement with BP
BP seems to leave nothing but big messes in its wake, including legal ones. h/t Yasuragi
|TNK-BP wants last say on Russian energy
It sounds like TNK is wanting perpetual kickbacks from the BP-Rosneft deal. The ongoing BP-Russian soap opera would be hilarious if the Arctic environment wasn't at stake.
|Auction of TNK-BP's gas field is delayed
I'm sure this plays into the larger, convoluted BP-Russian oil oligarch relationship picture but I wouldn't even hazard a WAG as to how.
This is a monster Russian oil field that has been fought over for a decade. The owner of the field went bankrupt last year. TNK-BP has not been meeting the production quotas required by its license. TNK-BP claims this is because of Gazprom's monopoly on Russian gas exports.
|BP PREFERS TO MANAGE CHINESE PRESSURE OVER SOUTH CHINA SEA IN COMMERCIAL CHANNELS
This is from the Wikileaks embassy documents. It appears that BP isn't the slightest bit put off by inserting itself in the middle of the South China Sea squabble between China and Vietnam.
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Previous Gulf Watcher diaries:
|2-07-11 17:21:17||Gulf Watchers Monday - Thad Allen on Arctic Drilling - BP Catastrophe AUV #470.||shanesnana|
|2-06-11 24:00:16||Gulf Watchers Sunday - Justice and Interior Bear Down on BP - BP Catastrophe AUV #469||Yasuragi|
|2-04-11 21:26:13||Gulf Watchers Block Party - Street Parade||khowell|
|2-04-11 18:30:13||Gulf Watchers Block Party - A Little Pride is Not Uncalled For||Yasuragi|
|2-04-11 08:46:38||Gulf Watchers Friday - The 55-Gallon Drum of Worms - BP Catastrophe AUV #468||Lorinda Pike|
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