Wednesday, June 30, 2010

BP Fined for Lying to Native Americans

The LATimes reported:

The Department of Interior assessed BP America Inc. a civil penalty of $5.2 million for submitting “false, inaccurate, or misleading” reports for energy production on Southern Ute tribal land in southwestern Colorado.

Tribal auditors first brought the errors to the attention of BP three years ago after discovering that the company's reports were inaccurate in a number of ways, including using incorrect royalty rates. The company agreed to correct the problem, which it attributed to errors in automated files. But later audits showed that the errors continued, even after BP said it had resolved the issue.

BP isn't the first oil company to lie to indigenous people. ExxonMobil told the people of Valdez they would take care of the environment. Promised "state of the art" radar system had long been broken and disabled when the Valdez ran aground. Ironically, BP's incompetent response added to the severity of the Exxon Valdez spill.

Will heart breakers Exxon and BP get together? Tears trail the path of broken promises.

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