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CFO Sink Demands Answers from BP CEO Hayward, Attendance at Next Florida Cabinet Meeting

6/3/2010

CONTACT: Kevin Cate, 850-413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE—Florida CFO Alex Sink today sent a letter to BP CEO Tony Hayward requesting his attendance at the next meeting of the Florida Cabinet Tuesday, June 8, to provide an explanation of BP’s plans to protect Florida’s economy and environment, and an update on BP’s compensation requests from Florida businesses.
 
“I can understand your recent comments and that you “want your life back,” I assure you that all of us along the Gulf Coast who have had our livelihoods and our lives disrupted by this disaster want our lives back!” wrote CFO Alex Sink.  “We want our marshes, our wetlands, our tourists, we want it all back.
 
“As a Trustee of our state’s submerged lands, and facing the very real possibility that the Loop Current will reconnect with the spill in less than a week, I am calling on you to appear before the Florida Cabinet’s next meeting on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, to explain your plan to protect Florida’s economy and environment, and provide an update on compensation for Florida businesses.”
 
A copy of the letter follows below:
 
Mr. Tony Hayward
CEO BP
International Headquarters
1 St James's Square
London, SW1Y 4PD

Dear Mr. Hayward:
 
Florida’s leaders have been more than patient with BP and what do we have to show for it? Thousands of tar balls from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are now less than 10 miles off of our beautiful Northwest Florida beaches. This news today, coupled with BP’s latest failure to cap the leak, has the people of Florida demanding to know what you’re going to do to stop the leak and the onslaught of oil into our fragile coastal ecosystems.
 
The people of Florida have lost their patience and so have I.
 
You have said many things that leave Floridians wondering. This spill is not” modest.” It’s not really “a great big ocean and little oil” – it’s a lot of oil, tons of oil to be precise. And yes, I can understand that you “want your life back,” I assure you that all of us along the Gulf Coast who have had our livelihoods and our lives disrupted by this disaster want our lives back!  We want our marshes, our wetlands, our tourists, we want it all back. And so I ask you – what are you going to do to fix all of that?
 
As a Trustee of our state’s submerged lands, and facing the very real possibility that the Loop Current will reconnect with the spill in less than a week, I am calling on you to appear before the Florida Cabinet’s next meeting on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, to explain your plan to protect Florida’s economy and environment, and provide an update on BP’s compensation requests from Florida businesses.
 
I look forward to your response.
 
Sincerely,
 
Alex Sink

 
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services.  A successful business leader with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO.  CFO Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful spending, holding government accountable to Florida’s taxpayers, and cracking down on financial and insurance fraud.