BP claim Jindal “misrepresents” company’s record

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BP says Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration has misrepresented its record in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, including how much it has spent on cleanup. A blowout of BP’s Macondo well in April 2010 triggered an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, which BP was leasing from Transocean. The explosion killed 11 workers and spawned the worst US offshore oil spill.

Geoff Morrell, BP’s vice president of US communications, responded Thursday to comments made a day earlier by Jindal and his top coastal official, Garret Graves, during and after a meeting of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council.

BP has spent more than US$26 billion on response, cleanup and claims. Jindal praised Transocean for pleading guilty to its role in the massive oil spill and agreeing to pay US$1.4 billion in civil and criminal fines. BP, which has agreed to a record US$4 billion in criminal fines, is in litigation over civil fines.

The RESTORE Act, passed by Congress last year, dictates that 80 per cent of the Clean Water Act penalties paid by BP be divided among Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas. Not only would a large chunk of that money be spread out evenly among the Gulf states, but the legislation also gives them some flexibility in deciding how the money is spent.

Morrell said suggestions that BP is “dragging its feet” with respect to Clean Water Act and natural resource damages payments “conveniently ignore that the law provides for these amounts to be determined through the judicial and regulatory process — to which BP is subject — not their own political whim.”

Jindal said in May that Louisiana will get US$320 million from the $1 billion that BP has put into another pot for coastal restoration, but Graves said it likely will be years before Louisiana gets the money.

Read the original article: http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1300562/bp-jindal-admin-misrepresents-companys-record

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