BP spent $1.86M on lobbyists in 3Q
BP spent $1.86 million in the third quarter to lobby the federal government on legislation related to its massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and other issues, according to a disclosure report.
That’s a drop from the $3.73 million that the British oil giant spent in the year-ago period, but more than the $1.72 million it spent in the second quarter. BP also lobbied the federal government on legislation involving greenhouse gases and ethanol blending in motor fuels, according to the report filed on Oct. 20.
BP was widely blamed for a failed deep-sea well that ruptured in April and pumped 172 million gallons of crude into the Gulf. The oil killed countless birds, fish and other wildlife, and harmed numerous industries that depended on the Gulf for survival. The company expects to pay almost $40 billion to handle the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
As crews struggled to plug the well this summer, federal lawmakers drafted measures that would prohibit BP and other companies with poor safety records from obtaining new drilling permits. Others called for removing liability limits for future environmental disasters. Meanwhile, the government temporarily shut down deepwater exploration for several months, crippling the offshore drilling industry.
BP has promised to pay for a $20 billion claims fund for victims of the spill. Meanwhile, the company blamed its partners in the failed drilling operation and BP officials say they remain committed to drilling more wells in the Gulf.
In the July-September period, BP lobbied Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Management and Budget, the National Security Council, and the State Department, according to the report filed with the House clerk’s office.