WASHINGTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Corporate Action Network announced the launch of a new campaign calling on British Petroleum to sever ties with Chief Executive Bob Dudley and honor its commitment to fairly compensate victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as the landmark environmental trial enters its second stage at a federal court in New Orleans today. “Bob Dudley’s company made a promise to the Gulf, and now - just like a deadbeat dad - they’re trying to avoid their obligations,” said Brian Young, Managing Director of Corporate Action Network. “It’s time BP drop Dudley and replace him with someone committed to honoring BP’s promises to the men and women whose lives depend on a healthy Gulf coast.”
“BP owes the people of the Gulf every last penny for the damage they did to our communities, and it looks like they're trying every strategy to avoid that responsibility”
This second phase of the trial will focus on evaluating the amount of oil released into the Gulf during the spill in order to determine BP’s fines under the Clean Water Act, with BP claiming the spill amounted to far less than the estimates from independent scientists used by the U.S. government. Simultaneously, BP is attempting to avoid payments to victims in the Gulf after agreeing to a comprehensive settlement to compensate those affected by the spill.
In an effort to reduce its settlement obligations, BP has launched an all-out public relations blitz, purchasing full-page advertisements in major newspapers and attacking purportedly illegitimate claims.
"BP owes the people of the Gulf every last penny for the damage they did to our communities, and it looks like they're trying every strategy to avoid that responsibility," said Steve Murchie, campaign director of the Gulf Restoration Network. "On top of that, the trial resumes today in New Orleans to determine how much BP should be punished for their actions. No PR campaign or legal strategy will cover up the fact that they deserve to be punished the maximum amount allowed under the law for the worst manmade environmental disaster in U.S. history."
“BP is essentially asking victims in the Gulf to give it a pass on breaking its promises and ruining lives,” added Young. “Instead, we’re asking BP to drop Dudley as the face of this charade and be held accountable.”
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