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Friday, January 30, 2009

Greka Oil Says County Ordinance 'Unconstitutional'?

Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

A KEYT News reports says that Greka thinks the county ordinance designed to shut down repeat spill offenders in unconstitutional....they are even running some ineffective talking head TV ads with their CEO with zombie-like employees in the background.

When will they learn?



Anonymous Cruel Hand Uke said...

Let's get GOO all over 'em! Damn these people. It seems like every other week there's another spill.

1/30/2009 12:23 PM  
Anonymous Eckermann said...

Greka will never learn because their corporate philosophy is not consistent with environmental stewardship. It is telling that Greka would rather spend money on expensive television advertising and the lawyers required to prosecute a hopeless lawsuit against the County than spend the same money on environmental compliance and the repair and maintenance of their equipment. Greka is a 3rd world company plunked down into Santa Barbara County and they have not yet got the message that this is not some African dictatorship in which bribing the local bureaucrats constitutes compliance with the law. In fact they would rather pay fines than comply. How twisted is that?

1/30/2009 9:32 PM  
Blogger POSSUMQUEEN said...

I'm quite sure no "Greka employee" has ever assisted with the rescue or rehabilitation of any of the many seabirds they have sickened and killed with their irresponsible attitudes. Greka oil leaks are a constant source of misery for wildlife in Santa Barbara. Paying fines and running TV ads does nothing to make up for the lives they have wasted. These creeps need to be run out of town.

1/31/2009 9:12 PM  
Blogger nuffalready said...

So Ekermann, you have evidence that Greka has brided an official? Which official? How much?
And Possumqueen, we arent aware the that Greka has killed any seabirds or wasted any lives.

Could it be that you are both making stuff up?

2/01/2009 7:24 PM  
Anonymous Eckermann said...

I have no proof that Greka ever tried to bribe anyone. I apologize if the hyperbole of my anaology (a common practice on internet blogs) was out of line. My point is that Greka comports itself like a third world resource exploiter rather than acting in the more sophisticated manner of other oil companies. From the newspaper articles (as much as one can trust them) it appears as if Greka has paid far more penalties that all the other Santa Barbara County oil companies combined. This would lead one to believe that Greka would simply rather pay the fines than comply. Perhaps the fines should be higher. Obviously public opprobrium has no effect whatsoever.

2/02/2009 6:43 PM  

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