Why Did The Fed Write Criminals A $42 Million Check?

Wednesday marked the one year anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, the spill caused the death of 11 rig workers, hundreds of endangered marine animals, and spoiled countless miles of beach and marshes.

Although BP is currently the focus of a federal criminal investigation for its part in the disaster, the Department of Defense saw fit to award Air BP, a division of BP Products North America, a $42 million contract to supply fuel to Dover Air Force Base for the next month and a half.

An investigative report from Truthout.org identified this particular deal as “an unusual and compelling urgency” contract, which means the government would be “seriously injured“and national security could be at risk unless the Defense Logistics Agency was permitted to “limit the number of sources from which it solicits bids or proposals.”

Truthout’s Jason Leopold writes that “according to government contracting regulations, ‘an unusual and compelling urgency precludes full and open competition’ and ‘delay in award of a contract would result in serious injury, financial or other, to the Government.’”

In laymens terms, this means the government just handed BP a $42 million check with almost no competing bids from other companies.

Leopold’s investigation also discovered that EPA talks about possibly debarring or limiting BP from receiving additional government contracts after the deadly Deepwater horizon explosion “went nowhere” largely because the federal government relies too heavily on BP to meet its needs.

“…ultimately what it came down to was a lack of interest in holding this company accountable,” one EPA official said.

According to USAspending.gov, which tracks government contracts, BP was awarded 52 government contracts worth $56.5 million for fiscal year 2011 to supply fuel, gas, and other petroleum products to agencies such as the Defense Department and Department of Health and Human Services. From fiscal year 2006 through 2010, BP received 707 government contracts worth nearly $7 billion.

It’s hard to wrap one’s mind around the hypocrisy and utter betrayal of the governments decision to coddle an environmental terrorist like BP. A terrorist that cost American taxpayers over $10 billion dollars while reporting millions of dollars in profit for 2010.

The government seems to think the American people are too lazy or too stupid to realize that this is a gross injustice to the people and animals whose lives were destroyed because of BP’s “lack of a safety culture.”

Once again, it’s imperitive that people rise up and demand that companies like BP, Transocean, Cameron International and Halliburton are held accountable for their actions like any other criminal.

Push aside your discouragement, and reaffirm your resolve. Sign a petition, write a letter to your congressperson, call the White House. Most importantly vote with your dollar and REFUSE to finance the greedy practices of BP or any of its other brand names.

Take Action: Sign the Care2 petition to make the Earth healthy for all by reducing toxic emissions.

Related Reading:

Gulf Oil Spill: 10 Horrifying Facts You Never Wanted To Know

Environment Beyond BP: Politics, Policy and Power

Scientists Link Mass Dolphin Deaths To BP Oil Spill

Image Credit: Flickr - dsb nola


Edward M.
Edward M6 years ago

BP was negligent that's a fact, but other gig oil companies are not angels either.
Lets wait for Courts decission and then condemn BP

sidney s.
Sidney s6 years ago

How power does the LOBYIST HAVE, is this a question or....

Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan6 years ago

My state Sen. got oil money here in Al. So it would seem fit for the Gov. to do this. Talk about a slap in the face

pat B.
pat B6 years ago

Disgusting .
Just remember it is OUR money the government uses so casually.

Kathleen D.
Kathleen D6 years ago

Actually Jim C.; the political left loves freedom, the environment, wildlife, freedom of speech, the right to convict those who deny wildlife, environment, sea-life, humans the right to thrive because of disasters that could have and should have been avoided. I've never met anyone on the left who does not highly revere Mother Earth and who would not do what it takes to protect her. Unfortunately, those on the right care about their pocket books, the right to reward corporations who fill those pocket books, denying freedom of speech of those who may hinder the ability to strip Mother Earth of all that is revered by the left.

So Jim C.; continue with the corporate mantra. It is not about denying jobs to those working offshore drilling, it is about denying our sea-life, waterfowl, waterways, fishermen, inhabitants of the Gulf, environment, the ability to flourish because of the growing greed of the right.

Mitch F.
Mitch F6 years ago

Hey Jim C. I think BP has some job openings on their rigs. Please apply.

Mitch F.
Mitch F6 years ago

I'm getting to Europe if I have to build a rowboat.

John E.
John E6 years ago

Jim C
Of course BP is not a court-convicted criminal ... nor was Hitler or Stalin as far as I'm aware.
Why on earth should BP be even charged with anything to do with "the worst environmental disaster in US history"?
This would only impinge on their ability to further the laudable causes of "freedom, prosperity, and truth itself".
Leave them unconvicted and unpenalised ... who knows ... maybe they won't do it again ... maybe ...

Brian F.
Brian F6 years ago

Jim C BP is a criminal.

Jim C.
Jim Coke6 years ago

If BP is a "criminal", of what "crime" was it convicted? You shouldn't have to be a lawyer to know that everyone is innocent until proven guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt", in a court of law. Has that happened to BP? I think not!. An "investigation" is NOT a conviction, therefore BP is NOT a "criminal". Whoever believes that is so blinded by their irrational hatred of BP that they've lost touch with reality. The fact is that the "investigation" is motivated by the cynical partisanship of the political left, which hates freedom, prosperity, and truth itself. All it knows is blind, rabid hatred for those who do not conform to its delusional values and desires. It despises, and tries to destroy, everything in human life that makes it worth living, including abundant energy sources like petroleum, which is the most efficient, plentiful and inexpensive source of energy on earth. Thus the necessity to demonize any producer of petroleum, which in this case happens to be BP.