Making things right…?
The other shoe dropped in court on Friday where BP’s lawyer suggested the very company that made all those promises to everyone in the Gulf Coast… well, they may finally be ready to hide behind the Oil Pollution act of 1990 which caps damage claims at $75 million dollars. BP’s attorney, Don Haycraft suggested the inevitable, that BP had already forked over “lots and lots” of money.
The courtroom was surprised.
Judge Barbier: “BP said it would pay whatever is necessary.”
Steven Herman, plaintiff attorney: “Were shocked over here to hear the defendants now bring up this $75 million cap…we were under the impression it was waived.”
Haycraft: “I have said for sure, BP will pay all legitimate claims.”
Herman: “All legitimate claims up to 75 million dollars?”
Haycraft: “I am not prepared to answer that question in this context.”
Drake Toulouse: “You rotten bastards, you spend millions of dollars on your commercials talking about all you plan to do, how you are going to make things right…commercial after commercial, but if you impose this cap, well, quite frankly, you’ll finally be admitting that is all a bunch of bullshit. It would make you all liars, unless of course you change the commercials…you know, you could drag out a few more New Orleans residents and surround them with average looking people, good eggs, common folk, to show just how regular Louisiana your spokespeople are, who would then look sympathetically into the camera, the concern etched tightly into their slightly furrowed brows and say with soft voice, yet at the same time with confident determination, “We’re BP, and we’re committed to making it right, as right as we are bound too, legally.” Nice. Course that won’t have quite the same ring to it as your present day ads, but what’s the truth but more crap to sacrifice at the altar of standard operating procedure. Yes British Petroleum, $20 billion dollars is a lot of money, but guess what? 4.4 million barrels is a lot of fucking oil.”
Not satisfied with the BP attorney’s promise to continue discussion of the matter at the corporate office, Judge Barbier ordered Haycraft to report back to the court within a week to give their answer on the cap, saying, “We all need to know sooner, rather than later.”
Yes, we all do…especially the people who write advertisements for British Petroleum.
Read the article,
Have a nice day.