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Creating A Company Communications Plan

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate” – from the movie, Cool Hand Luke  Fire. Aim. Ready.  If this is your communications plan…..you may want to read on. Amazingly, many companies do not think about communications—both internally and externally—until it is a

Robert Dudley Promoted To CEO of BP

BP officially announced today that Tony Hayward is stepping down as CEO and being replaced by Robert Dudley effective Oct. 1, the Associated Press reported. As an American, Dudley marks BP PLC’s first ever non-British chief executive, the company said as it reported a record quarterly $17 billion loss and set aside $32.2 billion to

Fallout Continues After BP Stops Spill

Even as BP Corp. has announced that it had succeeded in its attempt to choke off the flow of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico, gas stations with BP branded gas continue to experience backlash from consumers angry over the disaster. In Bay Minette, Ala., yesterday a BP gas station was vandalized-with angry messages

BP Stops Oil Leak

BP finally stopped the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday – 85 days and 184 million gallons after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill began on April 20, the Associate Press reported. Now begins a 48 hour wait to see if the capped-off well holds or blows a leak, as engineers monitor

BP Erects Gulf Coast Restoration Organization

BP’s has instituted a new Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, set to manage the company’s long-term response to the Deepwater Horizon incident and the MC252 oil and gas spill. Effective immediately, Bob Dudley has been appointed president and CEO of BP’s new Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, and will report to Tony Hayward, BP’s Group Chief Executive. The

BP To Divest 114 Stations

BP PLC is selling 114 gas stations and convenience-store properties in 22 states, the Wall Street Journal reported. Most of the locations are being marketed as redevelopment sites, while some are being offered as part of potential franchise deals, according to the Web site of BP’s broker, Jones Lang LaSalle. BP had decided to sell

BP Donates $25 Million to GRI

BP has announced significant progress in its half-billion dollar pledge to the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GRI). Three research institutions in the Gulf region will receive a total of $25 million in fast-track funding for high-priority studies of the distribution, composition and ecological interactions of oil and dispersant. On May 24, BP announced a

Strong Words, More Trials In Gulf Response

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office, summoning Americans to a “national mission” to move away from reliance on oil and develop alternative sources of energy, and noted that it is imperative for Congress to act quickly to overcome “a lack of political courage and candor” surrounding the BP Oil

BP Gives Second $25 Million Grant to Alabama

BP is providing the State of Alabama with an additional $25 million grant to continue implementation of the State’s Area Contingency Plan in the wake of the oil spill from the MC252 well. This $25 million grant is in addition to a previous $25 million block grant that BP announced on May 5 to help

BP To Fund Wildlife Rehabilitation

BP announced it plans to donate the net revenue from oil recovered from the MC252 oil spill to create a new wildlife fund that would create, restore, improve and protect wildlife habitat along the coastline of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.  The creation of this fund exceeds the company’s  obligations under the Oil Pollution Act

Vermont Chain Pays After UST Leak

A South Burlington, Vt., gas station owes the state of Vermont $35,000 in civil penalties as part of a settlement for an alleged gasoline leak from an underground storage tank (UST), Legal Newsline reported. Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell noted that Slimain Handy’s Convenience Stores, the owners of the Gracey’s Store gas station and convenience

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