A former employee filed a whistle-blower lawsuit Friday against BP, claiming he was fired over concerns he raised about cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. August Wilson, fired from a “state planning lead” position on the Mississippi cleanup, says that the oil company only cleaned up tar balls, ignoring other, smaller oil debris.
According to the Huffington Post, BP spokesman Tom Mueller said the company doesn’t believe Walter’s allegations have merit but will investigate “consistent with our personnel policies and code of conduct. ”
In Walter’s suit, the allegations are limited to BP’s cleanup in Mississippi, but the company had similar plans in Louisiana, Alabama and Florida after an April 2010, blowout in triggered an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, killing 11 and leading to the worst offshore oil spill in the nation’s history.
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- BP seeks recovery of all Gulf spill costs from Halliburton (business.financialpost.com)
- BP to end cleanup operations in Gulf oil spill (guardian.co.uk)
- BP still wants Halliburton to pay for whole Gulf oil spill cleanup (cnn.com)
- BP executive expected to be first trial witness (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Coast Guard OKs winding down BP spill cleanup (seattletimes.nwsource.com)