BPC Breaks Promises
- BPC still hasn’t paid what it owes to The Bahamas for its existing licenses. What guarantees do we have they will pay in the future?
- The current Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) deals primarily with certain aspects of exploratory drilling – it does not fully address toxic discharges into our waters from the drilling fluids or the cumulative impacts of many wells, if oil is found. This is accepted as a basic requirement of EIAs around the world.
- The BPC Oil spill response plan is inadequate. BPC says it would respond directly to small spills but any response to a major disaster would have to come from the United States, substantially lengthening the time to respond until it is too late to avoid devastation that would occur.
- Oil companies and other large resource extraction corporations have a long history of exploiting, polluting and threatening the sovereignty of small states.