Gulfport City Council has approved a resolution that requests British Petroleum to include high-level management in negotiations with the city. In former talks with BP adjusters, Gulfport has walked away less than pleased.
Says City Council President Ricky Dombrowski, “since the oil disaster, British Petroleum has balked at having anyone with real authority meet with us about damages suffered by the city, instead BP wants to channel us into a process where we only deal with adjusters and accountants on contract to BP. We’ve been down that road before. The BP response was a settlement offer of $76,000, a little more than a dollar for every Gulfport resident and that was an offer which we summarily rejected.”
This new resolution requires BP managers who have responsibility and authority to look at the full context of the city’s oil spill disaster claim be involved in negotiating with the city.
“We have since built upon that initial claim with care and expert analysis, and if BP wants to attempt to negotiate a fair settlement without the expense and time consuming process of litigation we are ready. But this cannot happen unless BP is willing to change its ways and have people with management and program responsibility involved from the start,” said Dombrowski.
The resolution authorizes a council member to deliver the language document to Lamar McKay, president of BP America.
“By voting unanimously to approve this resolution, the council has shown that it is united in this effort to get a fair outcome for the people of Gulfport. BP executives have repeatedly made comments about wanting to make things right; well for the people of Gulfport, BP can start by treating us with respect and agreeing to this very reasonable request,” concluded Dombrowski.
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This column was prepared for publication by Hank Richards, joltleft.com writer for Huntsville, Alexandria, the British Petroleum Recovery Program and the Gulport/Biloxi/Gulcoast restoraton region.
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