National Fisherman


BP has launched a new website to counter critics and provide its own spin on developments involving the April 2010 blowout of its Macondo well, which caused the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drillship, the death of 11 workers and an 87-day oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
 
The website titled, "The state of the Gulf, BP sets the record straight," includes sections providing the company's views on economic and environmental recovery from the spill, its own stories on issues concerning the federal damages lawsuit against the company, information about the company's drilling activities in the Gulf, and responses to critics.
 
"Despite the company's actions, and the tangible progress seen, misinformation persists about the recovery of the Gulf and the legal issues relating to the accident and spill," says an introductory statement on the website. "BP will use this site to attempt to set the record straight, and will update it frequently with relevant information."
 
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