This Wednesday, BP debuted a rather aggressive advertising campaign that, it says, is intended to inform the public about how several businesses and people got way more money than they were entitled to in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.Said oil spill in 2010 affected not just the environment, but also businesses and human communities along the Gulf Coast.
BP, the company responsible for the spill, was supposed to make amends to these businesses and people by paying for whatever loses they had suffered both at the time of the spill and in the months to come.
Greenpeace might think that what some people would label as a fortune is merely “small change” for BP, but the company's views on the matter at hand appear to be somewhat different.
Hence its announcing that it will challenge a series of settlements it more or less willingly reached following a court-supervised settlement program.
“Whatever you think about BP, we can all agree that it’s wrong for anyone to take money they don’t deserve,” reads an ad published by BP in Wednesday's issue of three of the US' largest and most popular newspapers.
“And it’s unfair to anyone in the Gulf – commercial fishermen, restaurant and hotel owners, and all the other hard-working people who’ve filed legitimate claims for real losses,” the ad goes on to say, as cited by The Inquisitr.
BP also claims that some of the businesses who demanded that they be paid for the losses they had suffered because of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill were never even affected by the incident.
“BP reserves whatever rights it may have to pursue any legal method to recover such overpayments,” BP attorney Daniel Cantor wrote in a letter that he sent to businesses along the Gulf Coast.
Ironically enough, the news that BP is challenging these oil spill settlements comes shortly after workers in Louisiana announced that they had spent the past several weeks unearthing and removing a tar mat that had formed close to the state's coastline as a result of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe.