OIL giant BP’s hard-line legal tactics aimed at capping the financial blowout from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster will backfire, according to Joe Rice, negotiator of last year’s settlement on behalf of over 100,000 compensation claimants.
His comments came a day after it emerged that BP is suing the United States government after it was barred from winning federal contracts in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil slick.
Rice said: “They’re attacking our entire judicial system. They’re attacking the judge. They’re attacking the claims administrator they helped appoint. They’re attacking the lawyers for representing people. Now they’ve filed an attack on the US government demanding that they do business with them.
“In our view, BP views us as a colony that they own and can exploit. It’s outrageous.”
In response, BP called Rice’s words “xenophobic” and said it was “defending its rights”.