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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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We shouldn't have to kowtow to BP

We shouldn't have to kowtow to BP

Yesterday, my wife read to me a well-written letter to the editor that took issue with an ad placed in the Gazette that defended BP and their record of activities since the oil spill. I mentioned to her that an identical ad had been placed in the Times Picayune.

The ad basically stated that BP had experienced a severe tragedy with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and that they (BP) had acknowledged their role in this matter and had done their best to correct the damage that they imparted on our communities and our environment.

The next part of the comments implied that BP was being victimized by individuals who were making bogus claims against the company in order to improperly, and perhaps illegally, obtain compensation for damages that they had never sustained and that BP’s reputation was being besmirched.

While I cannot comment on the economic aspect of the settlement between BP and the victims of the spill, I can definitely attest to the fact that there are hundreds of individuals who were rendered ill by this tragedy and who have never been acknowledged as existing.

Many of these individuals have been unable to work and some are now on Social Security. Many more have had their health severely compromised and are unable to function effectively since their illnesses began. To the best of my knowledge, none of the seriously affected individuals have received a nickel from BP for their life altering conditions.

While we cannot and should not bite the hand that feeds us, we should also not be asked to kowtow to a foreign corporation that places full page ads in the paper crying about being victimized by dishonest individuals while at the same time ignoring the plight of a large group of innocent victims who were given a life sentence of medical problems due to BP’s carelessness and recklessness in this tragedy.

Michael Robichaux