BP Meeting in London As Gulf Suffers

When BP meets for their annual shareholder meeting (AGM) in London this week, you can be sure they’ll discuss their monster profits, their strategies to maximize those profits into the future, and how important further Gulf of Mexico deep water drilling is to their business plans.

What they won’t likely discuss is the ongoing impacts of their drilling disaster on the people and places of the Gulf.

At last year’s AGM, they wouldn’t even let Gulf activists in the meeting, detaining them at the side of the building, even though they held valid shareholder proxies.

Given this history, we thought it was important to remind the Care2 world about the ongoing impacts we’ve cataloged so far.

On our recent field trips to the Louisiana marsh, we’re documenting oil surfacing in areas deemed “clean” by BP. We’re also seeing research proving that tar balls washing up on Dauphin Island are filled with dangerous bacteria, and tar balls and tar mats continue to be picked up from Florida to Louisiana.

GRN's Jonathan Henderson examines oily marsh soil in Barataria Bay, LA. Photo courtesy GRN. Taken April 9, 2012.

Pulling together the scientific reports as they trickle in paints a bleak picture of the state of the Gulf’s ecosystem. Dead dolphins continue to wash ashore in record numbers and dolphins in heavily-oiled Barataria Bay are extremely ill; deep water corals have been severely damaged; traces of oil may have infiltrated the food chain; fewer whale sharks are being spotted in the Gulf; Gulf killifish, an important bait fish, are showing gill damage (sub-lethal impacts such as these led to the collapse of the herring fishery four years after the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska); and fish are being caught with lesions and bacterial infections.

Unfortunately, much of the science being produced has been kept confidential as evidence for the possible trial against BP.

Likely these points won’t be raised this week in London, with much of the very limited discussion focusing on how much they pay their executives.

It is unlikely they will discuss their remaining legal liabilities. While a partial settlement has been announced between BP and the plaintiffs steering committee representing businesses and individuals for economic losses and health impacts, there has been no settlement for the Gulf environment. BP’s largest liability, fines under the Clean Water Act which could total over $20 billion, have yet to be determined and the U.S. Department of Justice appears ready to go to trial.

If you’d like to help remind the BP executives about their drilling disaster’s impacts on the Gulf, Gulf Restoration Network (GRN) has a video action alert we’ve created. You can find that online here.

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Photo Credit: Gulf Restoration Network


Samantha Richardson

BP disgusts me, how they can live with themselves by profiting from the destruction of the planet, I don't even know. Same with all the oil companies and mining companies. Maximise profit while destroying the earth's biodiversity and making people sick all round the world. Great job.

Jack Everett
Jack Everett5 years ago

The only way to beat these energy pigs is to support green energy programs that will reduce and eliminate the use of carbon based fuels.

Kim W.
Kim W5 years ago

I have never since it happen bought anything from BP. I am forced to pay for fuel, but truly, why are these companies allowed to rape the world and all of us in it. Billion dollar quarterly profits? Really? Sleep well? Karma .........

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright5 years ago

We haven't supported BP in the past and we certainly will continue to boycott them in the present and the future.

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright5 years ago

Why am I not surprised by this????????????????

Chris A.
Chris Armstrong5 years ago

The blowout of BP's Macondo well and spill of 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico was caused by INCOMPETENCE, BP's and others. Being a "criminal" organization, whose executives wallow in $ millions of PROFITS, while the G of M residents endure tremendous hardship directly resulting from BP's and others failures, is exactly that, CRIMINAL. BP's restitution to date has NOT been adequate: they should NEVER be allowed to drill in the Gulf of Mexico again, until restitution to all of the affected inhabitants, as determined by a panel of government paid experts, is committed under a firm timetable. Notice to British Petroleum (and others), plus other members of the obscenely wealthy Big Oil fraternity, the loss of human, aquatic, terrestrial and airborne life IS EXTREMELY CONSEQUENTIAL, and guilty parties must pay full restitution. Not like the incompetent Exxon Valdez spill in 1989, and Exxon Mobil's most recent disasterous spill in the Yellowstone River last year, plus Enbridge's 2010 "biggest oil spill in U.S. Midwest history" in the Kalamazoo River, extremely badly handled (329 defects Enbridge chose NOT to fix), etc., etc. Future generations must not be saddled with the horrendous errors of incompetence resulting from current corporations that obviously are ethically challenged.

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M5 years ago

Thanks for posting Aaron and look forward to more on the subject. To the Past Member's comments, maybe American sub-contractors were working at the rig at the time of the accident, but BP was still the owner. Sub-contractors get paid for their work, do they not? After they are paid, and other expenses paid, BP would reap all the profit.
The fact is that the environment in the Gulf will not be the same for many, many years. More mammals, fish, birds, flora and fauna will keep dying back. BP should not be let off the hook!

Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

Please bear in mind that although the rig in question was owned by BP, it was run by several mainly American sub-contractors. In the midst of the outcry against BP, do not forget Halliburton et al, who were actually working at the rig.

Louise Allen
Louise Allen5 years ago

This is truely abombinable. Yet again man is responsible for causing damage to areas of diverse habitat that are home to many species of wildlife and plants. These poor creatures are suffering because man is set on extracting every last bit of fossil fuel from anywhere they can get their hands on it. If only they concentrated more on using sustainable, green energy. It would spare the lives of these precious creatures.

Dieter Riedel
Dieter R5 years ago

In an egoistic world were profit is more important than anything else real values don't count. It is up to everybody to vote with your wallet and make informed decisions.