As BP sells some of its Gulf of Mexico assets to Stone Energy for over $400. billion in cash and the oil giant faces discrimination accusations in the UK court, sick and injured Gulf Coast residents are campaigning to let President Barack Obama know that they recognize he, as Commander-in-Chief, is in charge of the Coast Guard’s recent decision to let BP off the hook for funding continued cleanup of the Gulf Coast that is unacceptable and another broken promise.
The UK oil giant BP plc (NYSE:BP) has decided to sell some of its Gulf of Mexico assets to Stone Energy.
According to an announcement by the UK-based BP, it is selling its interests in two fields in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico to Stone Energy for $204 million in cash.
The oil giant BP is under fire itself for not only its Gulf fire on April 20, 2010, but also for its firing practices — of its attorneys.
BP had consistently discriminated against employees on the basis of age according to a witness statement by lawyer John Skipper this week who is suing BP for $22 million.
“‘Between 2009 and 2011, of the 60 lawyers that left the company… 43 of those lawyers were over the age of 50,’ he told the tribunal,” Reuters reported in an exclusive article.
“Skipper also criticized the restructuring conducted under former Chief Executive Tony Hayward, which he said instituted a ‘banking industry philosophy of remuneration, recruitment and replacement of experienced personnel.'”
“BP has suggested in a counter schedule of loss that around 1 million pounds would be payable if Skipper wins the case” according to Reuters.
The Restoration Network is also on BP and President Obama’s case, attempting to ensure the Obama Administration at least knows that Gulf Coasters do not appreciate it allowing BP to discontinue clean-up and that President Obama had promised to hold BP accountable for the catastrophe.
“We need to make sure that he is reminded that the Gulf’s people and places have not yet been made whole, and the oil is still there,” Restoration Network said in a written statement this week urging people to “Please take action on this issue.”
Debates continue about the federal task force recommendations for restoring the Gulf Region in the ongoing oil catastrophe still gushing oil in its nineteenth month injuring residents and violating human right to health care. There is no answer about how many billions of dollars it will cost to fix the Gulf and where that money will come from.
Some congresspersons and environmentalists continue the deafening silence about health issues destroying Gulf Coast residents’ lives. (No Gulf health aid with catastrophe fines: Reduce deficit, put people to work – National Human Rights lodeplus.com)
Meanwhile, oil is still gushing, filling the Gulf of Mexico with oil that has fingerprints of BP’s Macondo Well according to New Orleans-based environmental attorney, Stuart Smith, and Corexit is still being used to carpet-bomb the area.
Nineteen months ago, on April 20, a TransOcean owned drilling rig rented by BP exploded, killing 11 men, and led to the worst catastrophe in U.S. history.
“BP faces damages claims from those impacted by the spill, potential fines from the U.S. government and shareholder lawsuits, worth tens of billions of dollars,” reported Reuters Thursday.
Gulf Coast damage claims will be heard by a judge in New Orleans in February.