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In the year since the Gulf oil spill, officials along the coast have gone on a spending spree with BP money, dropping tens of millions of dollars on gadgets and other gear — much of which had little to do with the cleanup
BP has taken a stab at soothing angry Americans, airing a slick, multimillion-dollar national TV spot this week in which Hayward pledges: "We will make this right." Hayward also promised BP would clean up every drop of oil and "restore the shoreline to its original state."
President Barack Obama said the money spent on the ads should have gone to cleanup and compensating devastated fisherman and small business owners.
And even those efforts violate the company's own prescription for damage control. Its own spill plan, filed last year with the federal government, says of public relations: "No statement shall be made containing any of the following: promises that property, ecology or anything else will be restored to normal."
Born 1944 in New Orleans, LA
Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
Nominated by William J. Clinton on May 19, 1998, to a seat vacated by Okla Jones; Confirmed by the Senate on September 28, 1998, and received commission on October 1, 1998.
Southeastern Louisiana University, B.A., 1966
Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, J.D., 1970
Law clerk, Hon. William Redman, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit, 1969-1970
Law clerk, Hon. Fred Cassibry, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 1970-1971
Private practice, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1971-1998
Barbier ruled the civilian environmental claims are moot and "injury is not redressable by a citizen suit when the injury is already being redressed" by BP's ongoing cleanup efforts.