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Supreme Court Amicus Brief Filed by Local Chambers of Commerce

This afternoon The Law Office of Thomas L. Young, P.A. filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, the Ascension Chamber of Commerce, the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, the St. Bernard Parish Chamber of Commerce, the River Region Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral. These local chambers wished to inform the Justices of misstatements made by their parent organization, The United States Chamber of Commerce (“The Chamber”), in that organization’s filing in support of BP and the company’s attempt to renege on its own Settlement Agreement.

The Chamber did not seek the input nor approval of its local chamber members prior to filing its amicus brief in support of BP. In its brief, The Chamber purports to speak for “more than three million U.S. businesses and organizations of every size, in every industry, and from every region of the country”, yet it fails to disclose that hundreds, and potentially thousands, of local Gulf coast members of The Chamber have filed claims for business economic losses in reliance on the Settlement Agreement – a Contract – and the very compensation system BP designed, lobbied for District Court approval of, attested to the adequacy and fairness of under oath, and initially defended before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Chamber’s amicus brief continues saying, “One important Chamber function is to represent the interests of its members in matters before the courts.” By supporting BP, The Chamber does no such thing with regard to its local Gulf coast area members.

Supreme Court Local Chamber of Commerce Amicus Brief in BP

Local Chambers of Commerce located throughout the Gulf of Mexico file this amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court on Monday, October 6, 2014 asking the Court to enforce the Settlement Agreement as the binding Contract that it is.

Four Years Later, BP Still Fighting & Polluting

It has been four years since BP cut corners by using faulty cement to seal the wellhead beneath the Deepwater Horizon rig. The result is obviously well known, with eleven men dead and environmental destruction beyond anything previously seen.

While initially apologetic, remorseful and contrite, BP has since changed course, shifting blame to others and demonizing the people and businesses of the Gulf for participating in the settlement program the company itself developed.

Legal scholars and other commentators have recently opined that this about face may have been in BP’s game plan since day one. As I have written, BP is adept at saying one thing while doing another.

Investigative journalist Greg Palast raises more questions

Bolstering the theories questioning BP’s credibility and veracity is the new documentary film by investigative reporter Greg Palast, Vultures & Vote Rustlers. I strongly suggest watching, as the download is free until Monday in recognition of the anniversary. You can read a summary here.

Palast uncovers a tale involving the CIA, Great Britain’s intelligence agency MI6 and BP to instigate a coup d’ etat in Azerbaijan in order to exploit that country’s Caspian Sea oil resources.

What does this have to do with the blowout of the Deepwater Horizon?

This: It is now well established that the disaster occurred when the cement used to cap the well failed, allowing explosive methane gas to fill the rig and transform it into a sinking fire ball.

But this was not BP’s first cement failure and explosion. Just 17 months earlier BP’s Caspian Sea Transocean rig suffered exactly the same fate. The authorities kept the accident largely under wraps, it only now coming into the public consciousness.

The cause of the two blowouts was identical. In the Caspian as in the Gulf, BP laced its cement with nitrogen gas. The nitrogen bubbles sped up the drying of the mixture, saving BP half a million dollars a day on rig rental charges. But in offshore high-pressure zones, BP knew that nitrogen-spiked cement can fail. And it did. Twice.

The BP Corollary

If a book is more your speed, The BP Corollary by former company insider Rick Lacey is a highly entertaining and revealing novel based on Lacey’s experience in BP management. The book advocates for the extension of the Monroe Doctrine to corporate entities.

Lacey, understanding better than most what BP management responds to, claims that no amount of fines, civil penalties or lawsuit losses will change company behavior. The only solution is to ban the BP from the United States.

At the very least, it’s a good summer book while you’re sitting on the beach wondering when we might see oil rigs off the coast of Florida.

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