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Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) accuses BP – Openly blackmailing US government –

Congress. On Monday, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) accused the company of “openly blackmailing the American government.

Congressman: BP “Openly Blackmailing the American Government” BP now claims they can’t possibly be able to compensate all the victims of the Deepwater Horizon spill without the government giving them more drilling permits. September 8, 2010 |

BP wants the federal government to meet its demand for continued access to oil and gas leases in the United States. If the oil giant can’t keep drilling here, its promise to compensate victims of the Deepwater Horizon disaster might go unfulfilled—or so the company claims.

BP’s fear-mongering is directed at the House-passed spill bill (officially known as the CLEAR Act), which would bar companies who repeatedly violate safety and environmental regulations from obtaining new leases to drill in US waters. If the CLEAR Act becomes law, BP is unlikely to get any new leases in the near future…

http://www.alternet.org/environment/148109/congressman:_bp_%22openly_blackmailing_the_american_government%22/

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