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Do we know everything about BP's dirty secrets?

1.) Looking Out For #1 - BP's announcement that they're taking responsibility for the response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, not for the accident, sounds more like they're patting themselves on the back. The company offered settlements to coastal residents of no more than $5,000 if they give up their right to sue.
2.) Greenwashed - BP's green logo and multimillion-dollar green rebranding are meant to fit in with the company's motto of going "beyond petroleum." But this has just distracted from years of a horrible environmental record. In the first quarter of 2010, they made $73 billion in revenue, $72.3 billion of that came from the exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas. Only $700 million came from solar and wind energy.

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:20 PM on May. 20, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • 3.) Long History Of Disasters - A ProPublica report last week chronicles BP's involvement in some of the biggest oil and gas disasters of the past five years due to their negligence.
    4.) Ignored Possibility Of A Spill - BP filed a 52-page plan with the Minerals Management Service for the Deepwater Horizon well, outlining its explorations and environmental impact. The company concluded that it was unlikely, or virtually impossible, for an accident to occur from its activities that would lead to serious damage to beaches, fish, mammals and fisheries. According to an AP report, BP repeatedly stresses that it was "unlikely that an accidental surface or subsurface oil spill would occur from the proposed activities."

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    Answer by Anonymous at 3:22 PM on May. 20, 2010

  • 5.) Fought Off Safety Regulations - ust last fall, BP fought off safety regulations, continuing with business as usual. In a September 14, 2009 letter to MMS, Richard Morrison, BP vice president for Gulf of Mexico production, fought against an MMS proposal that would require operators to have their safety program audited at least once every three years, instead of the voluntary system that is currently in place.

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    Answer by Anonymous at 3:23 PM on May. 20, 2010

  • 6.) Fines, Fines, And Profits Up - BP has proven time and time again that they'd rather pay off their mistakes rather than take steps to prevent them. They have paid $485 million in fines in the U.S. alone in the past five years. BP paid $87.43 million to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in October 2009 -- the largest fine in OSHA's history -- for the Texas refinery explosion. And the list goes on!!!
    7.) Human Rights/Environmental Violations - In 2006, BP made a multimillion pound payout to Colombian farmers after being accused of benefiting from a regime of terror carried out by the Colombian government paramilitaries to protect their 450-mile pipeline.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:25 PM on May. 20, 2010

  • Don't forget that they were a $$$HUGE$$$ campaign donor for Barack Hussein Obama! But then again, that's not as much of a secret as it is just ignored by his adorers.


    Answer by Anonymous at 3:38 PM on May. 20, 2010

  • Obama would never take their dirty money. You lie!

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:59 PM on May. 20, 2010

  • Or that the dispersant they are using is made by one of their divisions and is not nearly as effective as some of the others on the market.

    Anyone who is shocked that politicians take oil money has been under a rock.

    Answer by ecodani at 4:02 PM on May. 20, 2010

  • DOn't ya just know that , on this thread about BP and the oil spill, someone will post a libelous remark about the President. For Gods sake....they don't even provide a LINK and they don't have a reason.....just a general intolerance of the President. Pity the small minded.....

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:02 PM on May. 20, 2010

  • BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

    Wow!  It even looks like they gave more than twice as much as they did either time Bush ran! 




    Answer by QuinnMae at 4:21 PM on May. 20, 2010

  • QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 5:31 PM on May. 20, 2010

  • Thank youfor posting the Links. They all said he received a total of $77,000. in donations in 2008 when he was running for president and that many others in the government received donations too. But that other companies contribute large amounts to his campaign. That sounds about right.

    Answer by gertie41 at 5:56 PM on May. 20, 2010

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