Gulfport City Council members remain united over face-to-face negotiations with British Petroleum and the claims process resultinmg from the Deepwater Horizon accident.
Council President Ricky Dombrowski and fellow council members continue their push for direct negotiations with BP officials and have involved Congressman Steve Palazzo in their process.
Dombrowski said “Thanks to (R-Miss) Congressman (Steven) Palazzo’s strong support, BP agreed to send Geir Robinson, BP vice president of claims, to Gulfport.”
“The role of the city’s leaders should be to allow our authorized experts and negotiators to deal with BP’s program managers and rely upon their recommendations when viewing the big picture with the entire council, The Council will stay united throughout this process. We remain steadfast in doing the right thing for the people of Gulfport.” said Councilman Flowers.
“If BP is really interested in avoiding a long drawn out and expensive court battle it is going about it in the wrong way. BP America President Lamar McKay and overall BP head Bob Dudley seem to be getting very bad advice. Local jurisdictions all along the Coast, especially in Louisiana and Alabama are watching, and if BP doesn’t wake up, a lot of them will decide to forgo any attempt to negotiate and just battle BP in court,” said Councilman Walker.
Flowers wants to be sure the negotiations proceed smoothly and favorably for the city.
Council members are concened that discussions on the Deepwater Horizon accident could easily deteriorate without the assistance of the city experts and negotiators.
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This column was prepared for publication by Hank Richards, joltleft.com writer for Huntsville, Alexandria the Gulport/Biloxi/Gulcoast restoraton region and is a press pool reporter for the British Petroleum Recovery Program.
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