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In response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, when BP spilled five million barrels of oil into the Gulf and caused lasting, far-reaching economic damage to region as well as the deaths of 11 people, the EPA suspended and debarred 25 BP entities from obtaining new federal contracts in a November 2012 settlement.

Until now, that is.

The EPA just announced a new deal that allows the oil-drenched corporate criminal to start bidding for and receiving new federal contracts. Federal contracts have been a major source of revenue for BP. At the time of the ban, BP held at least $1.34 billion in federal contracts.

The five-year agreement will require BP to retain an independent auditor approved by the EPA to conduct an annual review and report on the company’s compliance. BP will also drop a lawsuit filed against the EPA in federal court in Texas tied to the suspension.

The deal conveniently comes just in time for the Interior Department's scheduled lease sale for 40 million acres in the Gulf.

Watchdog/public interest group Public Citizen condemned the deal:

“Today’s announcement lets a corporate felon and repeat offender off the hook for its crimes against people and the environment,” said Tyson Slocum, director of the group’s energy program. “This is a company that was on criminal probation at the time of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, and it has failed to prove that it is a responsible contractor deserving of lucrative taxpayer deals.”
However, (surprise, surprise) Senator Mary Landrieu (D-OIL), the new chair of the Energy Committee, was very pleased.
“EPA never should have made this decision in the first place,” she said in a statement. “BP has rightly been held responsible in a court of law and should continue to make whole the individuals and businesses that were impacted by the oil spill, but barring them from entering new contracts on top of that amounted to double jeopardy and set a terrible precedent that I hope will not be repeated.”

“The good news is that BP will now be able to participate in next week’s lease sale that will bring much-needed revenue to Louisiana and other oil-producing states along the Gulf Coast, as well as boost business for the region’s small and independent service and supply companies,” she said.

As they say, what's an oil spill between friends?

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  •  Sigh. n/t (9+ / 0-)

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 09:02:12 PM PDT

  •  From the beginning, this administration has (4+ / 0-)

    been protecting BP from true consequences.

    The EPA just announced a new deal that allows the oil-drenched corporate criminal to start bidding for and receiving new federal contracts. Federal contracts have been a major source of revenue for BP.
    Some will claim that BP paid out billions, yet they were at risk for many more billions without the deal Obama orchestrated.  The Coast Guard and EPA ran interference for BP from Day One.  The administration allowed BP to restrict reporters and members of the public from public beaches.

    And now this: There are no consequences.  Among all the many oil companies in the world, we have to reward BP with more federal contracts.  They're not even an American company fer cryin' out loud.

    Corporate apologists and enablers. It's just pathetic.

    Any bets on KXL these days?  I think the chance of it being approved just went up a notch.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 09:22:42 PM PDT

    •  BP had one of the biggest DoD Contracts for (3+ / 0-)

      providing petroleum products to the armed services AND, it plays a big part in an ally's economy--namely Britain and their pensioners.

      Sadly these items appear to be more important than the health and welfare of an entire region in the United States, our fisheries in the Gulf and our apparent national character--morally and ethically speaking.

      "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

      by GreenMother on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 02:32:22 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Rigorous oversight............ (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    GreenMother, quill
    ...will require BP to retain an independent auditor approved by the EPA to conduct an annual review and report on the company’s compliance.

    "It is not all books that are as dull as their readers." --Thoreau's Journal

    by blueoasis on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 09:29:17 PM PDT

  •  What's a global warming disaster or six (4+ / 0-)

    between friends?

    "Assume man to be man and his relationship to the world to be a human one: then you can exchange love only for love, trust for trust" -- Karl Marx

    by Cassiodorus on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 09:47:58 PM PDT

    •  Don't forget, our government lowered the standards (2+ / 0-)

      for pollutants found in Seafood, in the Gulf for sale, and when Americans failed to buy it, promptly made a contract with the DoD to sell said contaminated catches on Military bases all over the U.S.

      You can now buy really cheap seafood in your local commissary--yum! Eat up!

      "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

      by GreenMother on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 02:34:43 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  another important and informative diary (2+ / 0-)

    that I can barely put together a comment for fear of hurting myself stepping on one of the nails spitting outta my mouth. This shit makes me sick.

    "deaths of 11 people" and the unprecedented devastating harm to the environment to the Gulf... from the wiki:

    In July 2010 it was reported that the spill was "already having a 'devastating' effect on marine life in the Gulf". Damage to the ocean floor especially endangered the Louisiana pancake batfish whose range is entirely contained within the spill-affected area. In March 2012, a definitive link was found between the death of a Gulf coral community and the spill. According to NOAA, a cetacean Unusual Mortality Event (UME) has been recognized since before the spill began, NOAA is investigating possible contributing factors to the ongoing UME from the Deepwater Horizon spill, with the possibility of eventual criminal charges being filed if the spill is shown to be connected. Some estimates are that only 2% of the carcasses of killed mammals have been recovered.

    In the first birthing season for dolphins after the spill, dead baby dolphins washed up along Mississippi and Alabama shorelines at about 10 times the normal number. A peer-reviewed NOAA/BP study disclosed that nearly half the bottlenose dolphins tested in mid-2011 in Barataria Bay, a heavily oiled area, were in “guarded or worse” condition, "including 17 percent that were not expected to survive". BP officials deny that the disease conditions are related to the spill, saying that that dolphin deaths actually began being reported before the BP oil spill.

    By 2013, over 650 dolphins had been found stranded in the oil spill area, a four-fold increase over the historical average. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) reports that sea turtles, mostly endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, have been stranding at a high rate. Before the spill there were an average of 100 strandings per year; since the spill the number has jumped to roughly 500. NWF senior scientist Doug Inkley notes that the marine death rates are unprecedented and occurring high in the food chain, strongly suggesting there is "something amiss with the Gulf ecosystem".

     In December 2013, the journal Environmental Science & Technology published a study finding that of 32 dolphins briefly captured from 24-km stretch near southeastern Louisiana, half were seriously ill or dying. BP said the report was “inconclusive as to any causation associated with the spill”.

    In 2012, tar balls continued to wash up along the Gulf and in 2013, tar balls could still be found in on the Mississippi and Lousiana coasts, along with oil sheens in marshes and signs of severe erosion of coastal islands, brought about the death of trees and marsh grass from exposure to the oil. In 2013, former NASA physicist Bonny Schumaker noted a "dearth of marine life" in a radius 30 to 50 miles (48 to 80 km) around the well, after flying over the area numerous times since May 2010.

    What part of UNFORGIVEABLE do they not get?

    Fuck them.

    If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution. ~ Emma Goldman

    by Lady Libertine on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 06:13:38 AM PDT

  •  That's a unique interpretation of "double jeopardy (0+ / 0-)

    Under that interpretation, barring a convicted felon from possessing firearms would be "double jeopardy."

  •  BP never stopped operating Gulf fields. (0+ / 0-)

    They've been out there, producing oil the entire time.

    This was just a ban on bidding for new fields.  They never left.

  •  and the hits keep on comin' (1+ / 0-)

    "Utah’s Carbon Bomb": State Plots Massive Tar Sands & Oil Shale Projects Despite Climate Concerns

    AMY GOODMAN: While the fight over Keystone and the Alberta tar sands has galvanized the environmental movement, far less attention has been paid to a related story here in the West. The state of Utah has begun making preparations to extract tar sands and oil shale from vast swaths of public and private land. According to one U.S. government report, the region could hold up to three trillion barrels of oil—that’s more recoverable oil than has been used so far in human history. Critics say Utah is sitting on a tar sands carbon bomb.

    The Utah Water Quality Board recently began giving out permits for companies to extract from the state’s tar sands reserves. The Grand Canyon Trust is one of several organizations fighting Utah’s plans. We’re joined here in Flagstaff, Arizona, by the group’s energy director, Taylor McKinnon.

    Welcome to Democracy Now! So, we have heard of tar sands in Alberta, Canada. Can you explain what’s going on in Utah, Taylor?
    TAYLOR McKINNON: In Utah, we have vast deposits of oil shale and tar sands, up to 20 billion barrels’ worth of oil in the tar sands deposits. And the USGS, the United States Geological Survey, estimates up to a trillion barrels of developable oil in the oil shale. These are unconventional fuels. Like Alberta’s tar sands, they need to be mined, melted, before they’re turned into a liquid hydrocarbon. So the energy investment on the front end of their development far exceeds that of conventional oil, and as a result, the resulting carbon emissions from developing these fuels also far exceeds that of conventional oil. When we’re facing climate change and the IPCC is saying we have a carbon budget within which to work in coming decades, this is the exact wrong policy direction from a matter of energy and climate.
    More from the transcript...
    AMY GOODMAN: What’s the Grand Canyon Trust, your organization, doing?
    TAYLOR McKINNON: We’re engaged on a number of different fronts. In 2012, the Obama administration allocated 800,000 acres of public lands as available for oil shale and tar sands leasing. We’re challenging that leasing framework in court, in federal district court. We’re also challenging several of the individual projects that are moving forward: the first tar sands lease pursuant to that leasing program, in addition to oil shale projects on state land.
    (emphasis mine)

    without the ants the rainforest dies

    by aliasalias on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 10:03:56 AM PDT

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