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Feds sue BP, other companies for oil spill damages

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, December 16, 2010

Doubtless, some will find it curious that 1.) the federal government is suing BP, especially after BP has followed what has essentially amounted to federal direction to establish a $20 BILLION compensatory trust fund; and 2.) that many citizens in the affected Gulf Coast states have a political bent to them which has – to this point – expressed extreme discontent for attorneys and clients whom sue large Multinational Corporations (favoring MNCs), believing that some perceive MNCs as an easy “target,” because they have very deep pockets, and in some cases, are often willing to quickly settle than fight.

And yet, some pooh-pooh the oil disaster as a minor occurrence – as if a mere passing pimple on the vast arse of the ocean – asserting that “Nature will take care of everything. All the oil’s gone now. The Gulf is back to it’s original state now.” Yet like an iceberg, much of the oil lies below the water’s surface having been sunk by “dispersants” where it floats in suspension. The idea behind sinking the oils is “out of sight, out of mind.”

But life – human and animal, aquatic and terrestrial – is dependent upon oceanic life, and has continued despite the self-interested assertions that “all is well” on the aquatic frontier. The fact is, we don’t know “for a hard, cold fact” that all is well. We don’t know everything that has been done – good, bad, or indifferent. Though we do know that there have been some “faux pas,” and “strong-arm” tactics to quickly settle.

Why?

Isn’t avoidance of responsibility a hallmark of immaturity?

Alabama Governor Bob Riley and state Attorney General Troy King – Republicans whom have quite publicly been at odds with one another over other issues in the state – have Read the rest of this entry »

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