BP Whines About Paying Gulf Oil Spill Claims

BP, the British company ultimately responsible for the 2010 oil spill that devastated America’s Gulf Coast, is tired of paying its fines. The company has been fined $4 billion and counting, and set aside $20 billion in a fund for those whose lives and businesses were affected by the spill. BP agreed to the deal without consulting its lawyers, and now it wants to take it back.

“The UK oil company has for months been seeking ways to restrain settlement claims, arguing its financial recovery is in peril and that it may become a takeover target, because of fictitious and inflated claims,” reports Environmental Leader.

Financial recovery in peril?! What about the people, plants, animals — an entire ocean ecosystem that might never recover? I’m pretty certain that ensuring the “financial recovery” of a company that raked in $11.6 billion of profit last year was never part of the bargain.

According to a report by Bloomberg, the company feels that it’s being asked to pay fraudulent claims — “false positives” filed by opportunists who were never really affected by 205.8 million barrels of oil dumped into the Gulf and washed up on beaches during the months it took for BP to figure out how to stop the spill.

No, you shouldn’t lie or file bogus insurance claims, even against a monster like BP. But just for the record, we still have almost NO IDEA how the spill actually affected the water, soil, and air. We’re STILL discovering the extent to which the crude penetrated the ecosystem. People are still reporting spill-related illnesses. And that’s only oil. If you include the potentially life-threatening effects of the dispersants that BP rained down from the sky (despite an EPA order to cease), it’s impossible to say with any type of certainty who has and has not been affected.

Not surprisingly, BP has decided that it’s done with cleaning up its mess as well. According to a recent CNN report, the company and the Coast Guard are withdrawing clean-up crews from the coastlines of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. They say, the areas have been returned to ”as close to pre-spill conditions as possible.”

And sorry BP, but you signed the deal. You don’t get to change the terms once it becomes painfully obvious how much you have to atone for.

For once, it’s likely that the courts will agree. “A deal is a deal,” Anthony Sabino, a law professor at St. John’s University in New York, told Bloomberg. “It’s not the job of federal judges to save you from yourself.”

“They knew about these so-called false positives,” Sabino added. “They agreed that they wouldn’t have absolute discretion or the last word on final payments.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans is scheduled to hear BP’s appeal on July 8.

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176 comments

Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton2 years ago

Boo Hoo for those crying rich babies!!

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Reinhard B.
Reinhard B.3 years ago

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

"Die Größe eines Volkes und seine moralischen Fortschritte können daran gemessen werden, wie es seine Tiere behandelt."

Those who are cruel to animals cannot be righteous human beings.

Wer gegen Tiere grausam ist, kann kein guter Mensch sein.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener3 years ago

Filthy unethical BASTARDS!

Sybil G.
Sybil G.3 years ago

This reminds me of German government officials. In the 1960s, one of them demanded how much longer they would have to be reminded about the holocaust. Hum... forever?
Same thing with BP and their oil spill. Clean up the mess and shut up about it until it is all gone!

Mary K.
Molly D.3 years ago

Wankers !

Alex H.
Alex H.3 years ago

It is frightening to see the growing movement by giant corporations,to not be accountable for their heinous actions.What is worse is the way they appear to be able to threaten and bully governments,and one really wonders about what threats are being made against OUR ELECTED representatives?! Will BP be the next unsustainable monster to have legislative protection against being sued,like Monsanto??!Since when did our world that belongs to all of us,the flora and fauna,become the sole victim of corporate greed?Thank God for all those millions of people who are rising up and saying "Enough is enough"!!!

Elke Hoppenbrouwers

Instead of paying millions for all those 'positive' commercials telling us how much they paid and made good and how they care for people and the environment, BP should finally pay up and truly compensate the people for their health problems, loss of income and the destruction of the environment.

Ernie Miller
william Miller3 years ago

I think the government should seize all their assets take all the oil and gas claims lock them up the never be used again by any one the remaining assets should be used to clean the gulf and every other place on this earth they have spoiled.

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright3 years ago

Jennifer G.................well put. Short and sweet and to the point.