Target: Halliburton CEO, David J. Lesar
Goal: Condemn Halliburton for Destroying evidence related to BP oil spill
The fallout of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 is an ongoing process. It claimed the lives of 11 people and caused an immeasurable amount of damage to the environment. A staggering 192 million gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. Civil and criminal cases are still being dispensed and processed three years later. The companies involved are fighting it out in court in order to limit their share of liabilities.
Halliburton, an energy company and contractor for BP, has been caught red handed destroying crucial test simulation results after the oil spill incident. These results determined whether spotty cement work by Halliburton may have compromised the structural integrity of the BP oil rig. Destruction of evidence certainly suggests this is likely the case. This was a deliberate criminal cover-up in order to avoid liabilities.
The absurdity of this guilty plea deal is that Halliburton was only charged a maximum fine of $200,000 and three years probation. For a company whose annual revenue is estimated to be around $29 billion, this is chump change. In response to this scandal, Halliburton had made a $55 million voluntary contribution to National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. This is minuscule to the priceless and irreversible damage the oil spill has inflicted on local ecosystems and the livelihoods of local communities. Someone should be going to jail for obstruction of justice and possibly gross criminal negligence. This charge was only classified as a Class A misdemeanor, which is a slap on the wrist and a mockery of justice.
Sign this petition to voice your outrage and demand that the punishment fits the crime. Corporations should not be treated as too big to jail.
Dear Mr. Lesar,
Your company is responsible for the largest ecological disaster in US history, and you decided to put profitability and avoidance of liabilities over people and environment. It is regrettable that you chose to destroy the evidence rather than to assume your fair share in responsibility for the disaster and learn from your errors. Your unethical choice will damage your company’s image and force you to assume more liabilities than you were trying to hide. The public and your shareholders will think negatively of your brand name.
Your $55 million contribution to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, although welcomed, is not going to repair your public relations image with the coastal community around the gulf. You have destroyed countless jobs and jeopardized the long- term health of humans and wildlife alike. An apology is owed to the people affected, and the resumption of unimpeded cooperation is demanded of your company.
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