Special to TPC- E-mail from Gulf Coast hiring agency: "BP is evil."

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The other day I posted two very important stories that came to me via my pal Barkway. You can read them here (“Now BP can tell the government that they have haz certified workers on scene…when they DON’T!”) and here (“Clean-up workers are being forced to re-use contaminated and damaged gloves. And people are eating, drinking and smoking in a contaminated zone.”).

Here's an excerpt from the first story:

First of all, the following does NOT apply to the hiring agencies, who are at the mercy of BP. BP calls all the shots, won’t give them the proper gear, masks, etc.  And now they’re dictating to the agencies to lower the pay, no more per diem, no housing. Where are they supposed to live, in a tent?

This is despicable! If Thad Allen won’t call them out on this, then nothing will happen. He is the arm of the government that supposedly speaks to BP.

In order to authenticate Barkway's claims, here is documentation. The following is the e-mail correspondence between Barkway and the hiring agency. This should put to rest any doubts anyone had about her credibility, if, indeed, there were any.

I've changed nothing. I did, however, eliminate anything in the e-mails that would affect either party's privacy, corrected some spelling, and bolded.

Barkway introduced the e-mails with this:

This guy is a BP Contractor I had first applied to but then signed with a different company.

I asked him if he had gotten the same "lower their pay" order from BP. Thad Allen is just a stand in stooge for the government. He has NO AUTHORITY. BP can do as it pleases because of this "ESF" (Emergency Support Function) policy.

Here are the e-mails:

- Original Message --------
Subject: Have 40hr Hazwoper-Oil Spill job
From: Barkway
Date: Mon, June 21, 2010 12:09 pm
To: XXXX @level1dmc.com

I was referred to you by XXXX of the FL Dept of Environmental Protection.I have 40 hr hazwoper certificate, am a qualified wildlife rescue/rehabber (worked Katrina in LA), and already completed BP's training (back in May) and have been trying to locate authorized agencies for hiring ever since! It has been an exercise in frustration!

Please find enclosed my hazwoper cert. Don't have a resume to send as up to now (and since 1988)
I have always been self employed.

Regards,
Barkway

***

From: XXXX @level1dmc.com
Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 4:39 PM
To: Barkway
Subject: RE: Have 40hr Hazwoper-Oil Spill job

We have 2 contracts in the Pensacola area for beach protection and clean up! We have immediate positions available for qualified applicants.

To qualify, you must:

* Have 40 hr Hazwoper Certification
* Florida Drivers License
* Pass a pre employment physical, drug and background check - paid by employer

We are offering pay rate of $13-$14 / hr and per diem for those who live 55 miles or more outside of the work area. First to respond will be the first called. Work today! Please follow the directions below

Please fill out the attached application on your computer, print out the form and sign at the bottom. Scan and send me the signed version along with a copy of your Florida driver's license and Hazwoper certification. If you have any other qualified individuals interested please have them do the same. I will review the information and contact you with the details of your assignment. Thank you.....

Return to me:
1. scanned copy of signed application
2. Electronic version of the application
3. Copy of Florida DL .
4. Copy of Hazwoper certification.

Thank You:
XXXX
South Eastern Regional Director
Visit us at WWW.LEVEL1DMC.com

***

Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Have 40hr Hazwoper-Oil Spill job
From: Barkway
Date: Wed, June 30, 2010 10:18 am
To: XXXX @level1dmc.com

Did you get the paperwork I re-sent to you yesterday at your request?
There was apparently trouble with our email system.

Barkway

***

From: XXXX @level1dmc.com
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 5:01 PM
To: Barkway
Subject: RE: Have 40hr Hazwoper-Oil Spill job

Can you resend your paper work?

Thank You:
XXXX
South Eastern Regional Director
Visit us at WWW.LEVEL1DMC.com

***

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Fw: Have 40hr Hazwoper-Oil Spill job
From: Barkway
Date: Fri, July 02, 2010 2:23 pm
To: XXXX @level1dmc.com

Re-sending. Please confirm receipt.
Barkway

***

I'm sorry Barkway i did not recieve anything yet. Please try again

Thank You:
XXXX
South Eastern Regional Director
Visit us at WWW.LEVEL1DMC.com

***

From: XXXX @level1dmc.com
Sent: Friday, July 02, 2010 3:22 PM
To: Barkway
Subject: RE: Fw: Have 40hr Hazwoper-Oil Spill job

Got everything. We also have a new application I am attaching you can print and bring with you when you report to work. I will be calling you soon with information about when and where to report.

Thank You:
XXXX
South Eastern Regional Director
Visit us at WWW.LEVEL1DMC.com

***

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Urgent question
From: Barkway
Date: Wed, July 14, 2010 10:39 am
To: XXXX @level1dmc.com

Barkway checking in with you again.

I had been scheduled to start working for an oil spill cleanup contractor but then got delayed when they called all of us to say that BP had changed the terms of the contract with them and was ordering them (as well as ALL other hiring agencies) to pay workers less money and with no more per diems, or housing offers (some were offering housing).

Have you heard this?

Barkway

***

From: XXXX @level1dmc.com
Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 7:57 PM
To: Barkway
Subject: RE: Urgent question

Barkway,

Yes we have been hit by the same contract change.

Thank You:
XXXX
South Eastern Regional Director
Visit us at WWW.LEVEL1DMC.com

***

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Urgent question
From: Barkway
Date: Wed, July 14, 2010 10:16 pm
To: XXXX @level1dmc.com

Can they DO that? It's my understanding that BP is under the thumb of the US Gov't and the Coast Guard to do what it takes to resolve the mess they created.

Who gave them the power to reneg on contracts? Not to mention that given what's involved and the long term potential consequences, I don't think they were paying workers enough to BEGIN with!

They've got SOME nerve!

Ok, off my soapbox now.

Barkway

***

From: XXX @level1dmc.com
Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 10:48 PM
To: Barkway
Subject: RE: Urgent question

Barkway

It made us sick when we heard. The coast guard is under what the federal govt calls ESF (Emergency Support Function) the coast guard is just monitoring the spill. Unfortunately the Govt has no say in the matter. BP is evil.

Thank You:
XXXX
South Eastern Regional Director
Visit us at WWW.LEVEL1DMC.com

UPDATE: Here are the government documents detailing the command structure, allowing BP to do what it is doing.

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  • http://twitter.com/jkarsh Jason Karsh

    If it's true, that the government is hamstrung by its own regulations--no matter which administration those regs came from--this admin and this congress couldn't be doing a worse job telling that tale and then doing something about it. This is one of those perfect moments where good policy collides with the right thing to do and we're getting so little significant change to those regs, those agencies, and that system.

    Sorry, this BP thing just drives me a bit batty.

  • http://twitter.com/jkarsh Jason Karsh

    It's s**t like this that prevents the administration for getting credit for the good things they're getting accomplished. This horrible horrible f**king company is destroying a large swath of our country. That's not even an opinion any more, it's just how it is. And for some reason, with the things the administration can control--cleanup, press access, worker safety (at least on shore)--they're seen as not caring at best, failing at worst. It's just killing them on every front.

  • barkway

    http://bit.ly/a2exdr & http://bit.ly/b6uuVS (the two gov't docs detailing command structure & allowing BP to do what it's doing). Go read for yourself.
    This dog & pony show about the Coast Guard being in charge is a ruse. BP is in charge...of EVERYTHING, under our OWN regulations (thank you Bush and Cheney who restructured DHS and FEMA and all regulations as pertains to events such as this)