BP Nominated for Public Eye Award: Cast Your Vote

Beyond Petroleum (BP), among some other stellar organizations, has been nominated by the Indigenous Environmental Network to receive the 2011 Public Eye’s Worst Company of the Year Award. 

Public Eye, a group of NGOs from around the world, has been holding platforms for the worst and best in social responsibility since 2000, as a counter-event to the World Economic Forum. At the annual World Economic Forum this year, Public Eye reminded the corporate world that their actions have consequences on both people and the environment and spotlighted BP as the worst offender.

Deepwater Horizon, one of the largest oil disasters in the world, happened when BP rig drilling in the deep water of the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 people and leaked some 800 million liters of oil into the sea that will take its toll the region for decades to come.

In Alaska, BP discovered Prudhoe Bay in the 1950’s and made it one of the main sources of oil supplying the United States ever since. With it came thousands of oils spills leaking from pipelines and drill pads on Alaska’s North Slope as they continued expansion into fragile habitats with aggressive moves like the National Petroleum Reserve that’s behind a lobby campaign to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to big oil.

BP also owns part of the TransAlaska Pipeline. In May 2010 several thousand barrels of crude oil spilled into the ecosystem. BP had discovered severe corrosion and spills from oil transit lines four years before, but had phased out a shutdown. People living there are now burdened with worry about health, cancer clusters, increasing asthma exacerbations and accumulating effects of exposure to pollutants, including carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.

Now BP is joining global oil companies moving into the tar sands in the northern Canadian forests to extract the oil there. Their work there is being called out for violations of human rights to Indigenous peoples, health of the environment, risks to the water and loss of boreal forests that help balance climate change.

BP announced its $1.6 million investments in tar sands mining in December 2010, after having been the only international oil company not investing there before the catastrophe in the Gulf. They have hired a PR agency to promote BP’s image as a biofuel producer with new market slogans.

Public Eye is asking BP to live up to its slogan and “withdraw from high-risk deep sea drilling, give up the tar sands projects, and immediately cease its global lobbying against higher safety standards in oil production and for weaker climate protection laws.”

Cast Your Vote!

Visit the Public Eye Awards to vote for BP. 

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Janine H.
Janine H6 years ago

This is a very sad story. Other animals and plants have to go only because "we" humans do not want to share the world with other life forms, these life forms "we" would not eat (vegetarian food is not a bad idea, or eating with conscience as the so called primitive cultures did and still do, if they still exist. No meat/fish every day). "We" destroy everything around us and "we" forget, that everything is important to survive, too.

As little child i thought that rain is when God and the angels cry - because "we" humans have forgotten that we need this "intelligence", someone who could help... if "we" hadn't turned away for many centuries ago...

"Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten." (Native American proverb)

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers." (Martin Luther King)

Patricia J.
Patricia J7 years ago

All these major oil companies deserve a place in the Hall of Shame.In the last couple of decades they have wreaked havoc on our environment and marine life on an unpredented scale.Government are also largely to blame for this in failing to impose far stricter laws forcing major oil companies to
take urgent action in prevent distrous oil splillages and
explosions occuring in the future,and to pay heavily for their
negligence.Cleanups by BP?Cover ups, more likely.Too little
too late.The harm has been done.

David N.
David N7 years ago

BP is the worst offender of the year and should be awarded the honors for their actions.

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M7 years ago

Voted. Thank You for bringing this site to my attention...the public eye awards for the worst offender. Hah Hah Hah

Yvette T.
Past Member 7 years ago

Voted by click shared on FaceBook!

Cristina M.
Cristina M7 years ago

So difficult to decide, the nominees are all disgusting and hurtful to the planet. They all should be winners.

Monica K.
Monica K7 years ago

I wish they had put more choices up on their site - I would have been hard-pressed to choose between BP, Halliburton, Monsanto or Goldman Sachs!

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman7 years ago


Jennifer Wheeler
Jennifer Wheeler7 years ago

Hahahaha!!! An award for being the worst company, that's awesome.

BP should no longer be allowed to conduct business in my opinion. I'll go ahead and say that what they caused is comparable to War Crimes

neil a.
Neil A7 years ago

My vote would go to Monstersanto their damage may last forever where as BP clean up is happening naturally with a lot of help from the Gulf residents & besides it was greatly caused by Haliripoff, Trans Ocean & others