Quote:Mobile, Alabama - Nearly 100 Gulf Coast boat owners who let BP hire their ships for its "Vessels of Opportunity" oil spill cleanup say BP's program was a corrupt conspiracy that left "thousands of participants ... holding the bag for millions of dollars of unpaid services, equipment, materials, repairs and decontaminations" - and that BP intended it that way.
The 94 individual plaintiffs say BP touted its Vessels of Opportunity (VoO) program for public relations purposes, but the program "was marred by mismanagement, corruption and broken promises," and that BP and its co-conspirators "intended to underpay VoO participants."
Lead plaintiff Clyde Crawford says BP promised the plaintiffs $1,200 to $3,000 a day to use their boats during the cleanup.
Crawford says the plaintiffs signed contracts promising to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and that BP told them told several times that they would be paid their daily rate even on days they were not called to work.
BP promised to pay for all repairs needed as the result of the work, and to pay for decontaminating the boats when their work was done, according to the 111-page complaint.
But the fishermen say the whole Vessels of Opportunity program was a corrupt conspiracy.
"[Defendants] BP, Parsons Corporation, Danos & Curole, HEPACO, U.S. Environmental Services and the individual defendants have engaged in an illegal and unlawful conspiracy to defraud plaintiffs and underpay plaintiffs for services, equipment, materials, repairs and decontaminations related to the VoO program and the oil spill response," the complaint states.
"Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP established the VoO program as part of BP's response to the oil spill. Publicly, BP claimed that the VoO program would help clean up the Gulf Coast and would provide money to people affected by the oil spill. Once implemented, the VoO program was marred by mismanagement, corruption and broken promises. As a result, when the VoO program concluded, thousands of participants, including plaintiffs, were left holding the bag for millions of dollars of unpaid services, equipment, materials, repairs and decontaminations."
The fishermen say that "to implement the VoO program, BP and the other defendants needed to mobilize thousands of vessels, captains and crew members in a very short period of time. However, many of the vessels, captains and crew members that needed to be mobilized, although idled by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, were entitled under applicable law to be reimbursed by BP for all of their lost income resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. As a result, in order to effectively implement the VoO program, BP and the other defendants had to convince vessel owners, captains and crew members that they would receive more money through the VoO program than if they sat idle at the dock or pursued other employment or income opportunities."
Throughout its campaign to get vessel owners to sign on to the VoO program, BP and the other defendants "represented, promised and warranted, among other things, that (a) VoO participants would be paid for standby time; (b) VoO participants would be fairly reimbursed for damage to their vessels that occurred while the vessels were in the VoO program; © VoO participants would be reimbursed for costs and expenses incurred as a result of the VoO program; (d) VoO participants' vessel would be decontaminated at BP's expense at the conclusion of the VoO program; and (e) the income that VoO participants receive through the VoO program would not offset the claims that VoO participants had against BP as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
BP knew these representations were false when they were made. Further, these false representations were part of and in furtherance of BP and the other defendants' unlawful and illegal conspiracy to defraud plaintiffs and to underpay plaintiffs for services, equipment, materials, repairs and decontaminations related to plaintiffs' participation in the VoO program," according to the complaint....http://www.sott.net/articles/show/233287...Conspiracy
More of the same from BP -bunch of cretins, who always screw over people.