BP oil spill: A Louisiana fisherman’s experience

Lawsuit Filed Against BP Compensation Czar

(H/T Nancy Thompson)

by Dahr Jamail, TruthOut

Tampa, Florida – A first-of-its-kind lawsuit alleging gross negligence and fraud has been filed in a Florida state court against Kenneth Feinberg, the administrator of the 20-billion-dollar compensation fund for victims of BP’s Gulf oil spill, and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF).

Attorney Brian Donovan of the Donovan Law Group from Tampa filed the complaint against Feinberg, his firm Feinberg Rozen, LLP and the GCCF on behalf of Pinellas Marine Salvage, Inc. and John Mavrogiannis.

The complaint alleges, in part, gross negligence, fraud, fraudulent inducement and unjust enrichment on the part of the defendants.

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Oil Spill Claims Czar, Ken Feinberg, Is a BP Employee

I wonder if he has any stock options.

The administrator of the $20 billion compensation fund for Gulf oil spill victims is not independent from BP and must stop telling potential claimants that he is, a federal judge said in a ruling Wednesday…

… Feinberg was appointed last June by BP and the White House to oversee the fund. His Washington law firm was paid $850,000 a month for its work through the middle of January, and now Feinberg is discussing with BP how much he should be paid going forward.

Barbier said: “The court finds that BP has created a hybrid entity, rather than one that is fully independent of BP.”

BP said in a statement it respects the court’s decision. Feinberg did not return a call to his cell phone. A Feinberg spokeswoman said the Gulf Coast Claims Facility would have no comment on the ruling and would move forward paying claims.”  Huffington Post

BP Hires Prison Labor to Clean Up Spill While Coastal Residents Struggle

(Remember back when the cameras were not permitted around the clean-up crews? Yeah, it’s because many of them were prisoners forced to work on the toxic clean-up for next to nothing.)

by Abe Louise Young, CommonDreams

In the first few days after BP’s Deepwater Horizon wellhead exploded, spewing crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, cleanup workers could be seen on Louisiana beaches wearing scarlet pants and white t-shirts with the words “Inmate Labor” printed in large red block letters. Coastal residents, many of whom had just seen their livelihoods disappear, expressed outrage at community meetings; why should BP be using cheap or free prison labor when so many people were desperate for work? The outfits disappeared overnight.

Work crews in Grand Isle, Louisiana, still stand out. In a region where nine out of ten residents are white, the cleanup workers are almost exclusively African-American men. The racialized nature of the cleanup is so conspicuous that Ben Jealous, the president of the NAACP, sent a public letter to BP CEO Tony Hayward on July 9, demanding to know why black people were over-represented in “the most physically difficult, lowest paying jobs, with the most significant exposure to toxins.”

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Gulf toxicologist: Shrimpers exposed to Corexit “bleeding from the rectum”

It’s no wonder Rand Paul thinks talking about BP will harm their profit margins.

 BP: We stole Iran from the Iranians in ’53 (and we are about to get it back), we got our piece of Iraqi oil, and now we make U.S. fishermen Shit Blood to clean up OUR MESS! But HEY! Rand Paul still likes us… and the young people think he’s “cool” right?

here is some more information on Corexit

Deficit-Hawk and Libertarian Servant to the Business Class, Rand Paul, Wants you to Say Only Nice Things About BP

Libertarians are the official political party of the neoliberal IMF “Business First” wing of government. You think Rand is a political outsider? You think they are going to rig the elections to keep him OUT? Guess again. Rand is a servant to big business and a deficit-hawk oligarch who damn-well expects to get his seat in the senate that was promised to him as his birthright. He claims to have changed his position a little on open borders in order to get more inline with the mainstream of the working people in the Tea Party, but he really hasn’t. He wants those borders wide open in order to favor big business profit margins. He is no more of an “outsider” than Sarah Palin or Glenn Beck.

Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul said Thursday that harsh criticism of BP by President Barack Obama’s administration could contribute to the oil giant’s demise and harm its ability to pay for cleanup of the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The comments came in response to blistering criticism by Democratic opponent Jack Conway at their first appearance together. Conway blasted Paul for saying in late May that Obama’s stance toward BP was un-American and anti-business. Those and other comments by Paul led to a backlash at the time that caused the Republican to retreat from the national scene for a couple of weeks.

Paul said Thursday that BP should pay for the Gulf cleanup, but that Obama administration’s sharp rhetoric could help imperil the company.

…””I think the deficit … is such an enormous problem that it might warrant bringing things to a halt and having a discussion about it for a few days,” he said.

Paul didn’t offer any specifics about how to erase the nation’s mushrooming deficit. He said each federal program should be reviewed to determine if it can be cut, eliminated or privatizedAP

So Rand doesn’t want anyone talking bad about BP… he thinks condemning foreign companies who have screwed up the entire Gulf coast is “unAmerican”… and his big concern is the deficit which he says we have to cut and privatize programs to fix… Still think Rand Paul is anti-establishment? He’s about as anti-establishment as Hilary Clinton.

Homeland Security seizes control over BP oil spill website

(the Obama administration won’t take over control of the spill (and therefore the oil) but they WILL take over control of the SPIN (read as “propaganda”).  The Department of Homeland Security has deemed it in our nation’s interests to control the LIES being put out about the disaster in the Gulf)

by Nick Doms, HULIQ from July 5th, 2010

The Department of Homeland Security has seized control over a joint BP oil spill website, previously managed by several US Government agencies and BP and intended to inform the public about the progress made in the cleanup effort.

The joint website was managed by US agencies, including the US Coast Guard, and BP to provide daily information about the oil spill and efforts made by both in conjunction with independent contractors to proceed with the cleanup effort.

Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security will now control all content and distribution of information to the American and international public.

Secretary Janet Napolitano, head of the DHS, was not available for comment and her office did not immediately return phone calls.

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