Target: British Petroleum (BP)
Goal: Demand that British Petroleum pay the full reparation costs of its catastrophic oil spill
After causing a devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, British Petroleum (BP) was ordered to put money into a settlement fund for those affected by the incident. However, BP has repeatedly tried to weasel out of the settlement by making allegations of fraud. Demand BP follow through and pay in full the settlement its own lawyers drafted.
In April 2010, BP became responsible for the largest oil spill in history. Oil was leaked into the ocean for 87 days after the initial explosion of the rig, which was also responsible for the deaths of eleven people. Intense environmental and health effects were experienced due to this incident, which was proven to be the fault of BP. In 2012, the company reached a settlement and since then has been required to put money into a fund for those affected.
One year later, BP is already trying to get out of paying the full amount of its dues. They have claimed that fund lawyers have unfairly benefited from the settlement, as well as that money is going to companies who were not affected by the oil spill. The company has requested that these claims be investigated, and that during the time of investigation all payments into the settlement fund be stopped.
BP’s attempt to paint itself as the victim of the situation and stop paying its dues for the catastrophe they caused is shameful. It has made the same allegations twice before, and each time they were dismissed by a judge. Instead of putting money into the settlement, the company has instead paid for newspaper ads which talk about how lawyers and companies are cheating them by inflating their loss claims. This is particularly sickening considering BP’s own lawyers drafted the settlement.
By signing the petition below, you will help encourage BP to honor the settlement it created and agreed upon. After causing such a huge and terrible impact on both the community and ecosystem, the fact that the company has the nerve to try to vilify those attempting to recover from its damage is shocking.
Dear British Petroleum,
After causing the devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a settlement was drafted by your lawyers which was agreed to only around a year ago. Yet your company has already tried to limit payments into this settlement by making allegations of fraud and blaming virtually everyone but itself for the money it is supposed to be paying. Stop painting your company as the victim and pay the settlement you agreed to.
Claiming that fund lawyers and companies who were not affected by the spill are benefiting unfairly is already low, but asking that all payments into the settlement fund be stopped during the investigation is shameful. The fact you have been putting money into newspaper ads spreading the blame away from yourself makes the situation doubly distasteful, especially considering it was your lawyers who drafted the settlement you are now trying to get out of.
Please take action to honor the settlement you created and agreed upon. After causing such huge environmental and health problems, the fact you have the nerve to paint yourself as the victim is disgraceful.
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