July 06, 2013


After the environmental disaster of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, British Petroleum made an agreement to compensate Gulf businesses harmed by the disaster. But now it's trying to back out of paying up. Presenting itself as the victim in this worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history, BP has gone so far as to publish full-page ads in the nation’s largest newspapers whining about Gulf businesses taking money “they don’t deserve.” The ads also accuse politicians and trial lawyers of encouraging businesses to inflate or falsify claims. Even though the settlement is one BP co-authored and sought approval for, now that it finds it underestimated costs, it’s crying foul play. Instead of wasting time and money on appeals and accusations, BP should be trying its hardest to make amends. Tell BP to pay its dues and leave Gulf businesses alone! MORE: SIGN