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No New Gulf Leases for BP Is Good News, But Activists Must Keep Pressure Up


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JL
- 545 days ago - citizenvox.org
It's a victory for those still reeling from the havoc BP unleashed on the Gulf region, and it shows the power of activism. In November, the government suspended BP from bidding on federal contracts.



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JL A. (275)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 10:20 am

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No New Gulf Leases for BP Is Good News, But Activists Must Keep Pressure Up

By: Tyson Slocum

Great news: BP has declined to bid on new Gulf oil leases.

It’s a victory for those still reeling from the havoc BP unleashed on the Gulf region, and it shows the power of activism.

In November, the government suspended BP from bidding on federal contracts. However, it did not say how long the suspension would last. Shortly afterwards, BP was downplaying the suspension to shareholders, telling them the corporation “has been in regular dialogue with the EPA” and was already negotiating with federal regulators to lift the ban.

In response, Public Citizen quickly called on the government to get a backbone and ban BP from receiving U.S. government contracts for at least the entirety of one of its affiliate’s five-year probation period (stemming from that affiliate’s guilty plea to criminal offenses stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster) because it has a proven track record of irresponsibility and dishonesty.

Public Citizen also launched a petition calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban BP from contracts for five years. That petition garnered several thousand signatures . Now BP is singing another tune.

Once confident that it could quickly resolve its suspension, BP declined a provisioned offer by the Department of Interior (DOI) to participate in today’s auction of new Gulf of Mexico offshore drilling leases, suggesting that the corporation does not feel it can resolve the contract suspension within the time it takes the department to review new bids and award them to oil companies.

The Department late last week decided to buck the suspension and allow BP to participate in today’s lease auction, likely an attempt to drive up lease bids.
Public Citizen quickly called on its activists to contact the regional office of the DOI and tell officials that BP – which was behind the biggest environmental catastrophe in the country’s history – should not be allowed to get any more oil leases in the Gulf.

The response was overwhelming; it appears that hundreds of people called the DOI, swamping the office’s phone lines.

In the days following the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, President Barack Obama vowed that his administration would hold BP accountable for the disaster.

Public Citizen has vowed to hold the government accountable to its pledge, and that includes pushing the government to maintain the suspension for a judicious time period and to fight back against agencies’ attempts to circumvent the intent of the suspension.

So while this is a victory, we can’t let up. Public Citizen will continue to pressure the government to keep the suspension in effect for five years.

If you want to help, sign the petition telling the government to bar BP from federal contracts for five full years.

Tyson Slocum is @Public_Citizen’s energy director.
 

tiffany t. (148)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 10:39 am
petition signed, hope people understand the need to continue protesting
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 12:04 pm


Thank You for Signing the Petition to Debar BP - and tweeted.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 12:06 pm
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Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 2:59 pm
As far as I am concerned, 5 years is not nearly long enough, but that just gives us more time to build the momentum that will hopefully bring them down for good. I realize that probably will not happen but it I have my way, they will go down long before I ever will! Noted, signed, twittered and google shared. Thanks J.L.
 

Carol D. (109)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 3:25 pm
I agree BP should not be let loose again

Noted thanks
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 4:09 pm
You are welcome Tamara and Carol.
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John B. (215)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 4:30 pm
thanks J.L. for the post. Good to hear that BP for the time being will get no new leases but there are other companies we need to keep after and watch out for. read and noted.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 4:39 pm
Noted & posted
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 6:31 pm
Thanks for posting Theodore. You are welcome John.
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Christine Stewart (131)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 7:53 pm
Drilling in the Gulf and Arctic must be stopped!
 

paul m. (93)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 7:29 am

Signed ....but I can see greed , money and profits winning , in Ireland ,they put a windmill near a house and the noise of the propellers unsettlerling ,hearing the drome 24 hrs a day you coulden't sleep ( seen on T.V.)
all the Politition said when asked about the problem was ,,,,"jobs"
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Angelika R. (143)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 11:56 am
"The response was overwhelming; it appears that hundreds of people called the DOI, swamping the office’s phone lines." This IS great news indeed but it was AN OUTRAGE in the first place to have offered them participation again! Although both petitions attached to article were those I/we previously signed already, they took my sign again. Thx JL
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 1:43 pm
You are welcome Angelika. You cannot currently send a star to Angelika because you have done so within the last day.
 

Helen Porter (40)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 3:07 am
noted and signed
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 8:11 am
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