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CFO Sink Disappointed with BP Responsiveness, Again Requests More Info, Better Focus on Florida

5/6/2010

CONTACT: Kevin Cate, 850-413-2842
 
PENSACOLA – Florida CFO Alex Sink today sent a letter to Lamar McKay, President of BP America, expressing disappointment with the responsiveness of BP and requesting an executive level contact within BP with the authority to provide answers to Floridians through CFO Sink’s Consumer Services Division.
 
“I have been disappointed with the responsiveness of BP in meeting the requests of our state’s elected officials and communities as we attempt to maneuver through the potential economic and environmental disaster from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” wrote CFO Sink. “While BP must be focused on working to stop the leak caused by your well, there is a clear lack of attention to the impact this oil spill is already having on Floridians’ livelihoods, and the potentially disastrous consequences for our communities who already were facing economic hardship.”
 
CFO Sink’s Consumer Services division, which takes nearly 300,000 calls from consumers annually, has already been receiving calls about damages and claims as a result of the spill. Yesterday, CFO Sink opened a hotline number to help small businesses affected by the spill: 1-877-My-FL-CFO or 1-877-693-5236.
 
CFO Sink is in Pensacola today, receiving emergency briefings, speaking with local business owners, and participating in roundtable discussions with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.   View her schedule here.  Earlier this week, CFO Sink visited Pensacola and Mobile, Alabama to receive emergency briefings and aerial tours of the oil spill. On Monday, CFO Sink outlined three protective state and federal actions to better protect Florida’s economy. To view a video of CFO Sink’s Monday media availability, click here.
 
A copy of the letter follows below:
 
Dear Mr. McKay:
 
As the CFO of the State of Florida, I have been disappointed with the responsiveness of BP in meeting the requests of our state’s elected officials and communities as we attempt to maneuver through the potential economic and environmental disaster from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  While BP must be focused on working to stop the leak caused by your well, there is a clear lack of attention to the impact this oil spill is already having on Floridians’ livelihoods, and the potentially disastrous consequences for our communities who already were facing economic hardship.
 
As a former business executive and corporate board member for nearly 30 years, I understand the responsibilities of senior management for a large, sophisticated corporation in a disaster situation. But to date, BP America has not provided the appropriate level of response to our state. Quite frankly, the offer suggested to me of a hotline number or the name and number of a contractor working for BP is unacceptable.  As you know, Florida’s economy is tied to our environment, which this devastating spill has the potential to severely impact.
 
To ensure that as Florida’s CFO I can provide the most current and accurate information available, and the most help possible to Florida’s citizens, I am once again requesting an executive level contact within BP with the authority to provide answers to our Consumer Services Division.  My Department’s Consumer Services Division takes nearly 300,000 calls annually from Floridians, and we are already receiving calls about damages and claims from your oil spill. The more information we are able to receive from BP, the better information our consumer services experts can provide to help our citizens and businesses avoid financial devastation as a result of this tragedy.
 
I look forward to your prompt response.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Alex Sink
 
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