BP Disaster

BP walks out of Crist’s Oil Spill Meeting

July 1, 2010

Yesterday, Gov. Crist held an Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force Meeting at the University of West Florida. According to reports I received from the meeting, BP was there in full force. BP VP of Resources Darryl “What you talkin’ about” Willis made a presentation on the claims process.

After Willis spoke, a public forum was scheduled for the task force to hear what local governments, businesses and individuals have been experiencing with the BP claims process.

All the BP officials walked out as soon as Willis finished. No one, not even the BP “community liaisons,” stayed to hear what the public had to say and to respond to their comments. No one.

Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson was flabbergasted by the walk-out. “All Willis did was blame others for the claims problems,” said Robinson. “The public had a completely different story than the BP one.”

I asked Robinson about the state’s response to the BP leaving in mass. He said that he thought the organizers were embarrassed, but the state doesn’t ever seem to press BP and lets them do whatever they want.

Robinson did share that the Santa Rosa Island Authority got the same form letter from ESIS, the BP contractor handling claims, requesting a phone number before the SRIA claim could be processed.

Here is the BP pattern:…Give a nice speech….facts don’t match….Apologize and say it will be fixed….nothing happens or it gets worse…give a nice speech….facts don’t match…

It’s time for the IN to start attending the press conferences again.

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  • John July 2, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Anyone who has worked for State or Federal government over the last fifteen years or so isn’t much surprised by the arrogance and contempt that BP demonstrated here, and has been demonstrating since they first found themselves exposed to public scrutiny.

    This is the way things have been for a long time for those who were charged with “supervising” any of the contractors who perform work for the government. They answer to no one, except the politicians they pay off, and they long ago disposed with even the facade that there was anything different going on. That’s why I was’t surprised to learn that MMS had been letting them fill out their own inspection reports, and basically just trying to find ways to pass the time rather than perform any of the oversight duties they were charged with.

    If their experience was anything like mine, they learned long ago that it was not just futile, but counterproductive to try to enforce any specification, rule, inspection, etc. with which BP didn’t want to comply.

    Those oil spill response plans that came out, addressing how walruses would be treated should they become contaminated with oil reminded me of the kind of thing I’d get from contractors when I was an inspector. Try to get it corrected and they’d whine and complain to your supervisor, who’d tell you to lay off, it wasn’t material. And that’s the way it goes with pretty much everything that inspectors try to accomplish in fulfillment of their responsibilities.

    The one thing that has surprised me is that there hasn’t yet been an attempt to blame it all on the government, and specifically on the lowest man on the totem pole, for not enforcing the specifications and regulations he was charged with administering. That may yet come.

    Because the function of the government inspector is not to actually regulate any work for these powerful campaign donor companies, it’s to serve as a scapegoat later on, should it come to that.

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  • The Pardu July 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    What does the acronym “IN” mean that appears in the following sentence”

    It’s time for the “IN” to start attending the press conferences again.

  • C.J. Lewis July 1, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Did they sneak out during a break or just get up and walk out the door in plain sight as everyone watched? If someone in a position of authority saw them leave, such as Commissioner Robinson or Governor Crist, the right thing to do would have been to yell across the room at Willis and tell him and his crew to get their butts back in their seats and remain there until the end of the public forum. Why are we playing nice with these people?

  • Reid July 1, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I Jared & Bree say it’s okay it must be true. I want to know what Jaimee Lee thinks.

  • Rachel Cassady July 1, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Why is it that everyone that holds any position of power thinks that if they just ignore the problem it will disappear? WEAR is so ridiculous to say that everything is still gorgeous at the beach…instead of trying to convince everyone that everything is a-okay, they need to be warning them about how toxic the water is and that people should stay out.

  • John Decker July 1, 2010 at 8:39 am

    JC, i hear that, r limbaugh says everything is ok too (insert serious sarcasm here)

  • chip chism July 1, 2010 at 7:41 am

    I was there. The BP folks walked out.

  • JC Holzer July 1, 2010 at 6:33 am

    At exactly 6:30:30 July 1 2010 (moments ago) Jared & Bree on Wear TV 3 called the beach “beautiful” and “still gorgeous.”

    So I really don’t see what the problem is.

    Everything is fine!