Statement of Antonia Juhasz in Response to BP Annual Shareholder Meeting
LONDON - The most heated moment in today's BP annual shareholder meeting occurred when Antonia Juhasz, author of Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill and director of the Energy Program for Global Exchange, took to the mike and confronted BP executives, Chairman of the Board Svanberg and the new CEO Bob Dudley about BP's ongoing harmful actions in the Gulf, including the corporation's lack of adherence to the moral, legal and financial obligations to the Gulf and its residents.
Here is Antonia Juhasz's statement following the meeting:
I was shocked that BP denied residents from the Gulf of Mexico access today to their annual shareholder meeting in London. The residents and victims of the Gulf oil disaster were all legitimate proxy holders and had traveled at great cost to be there. They tried to deny my shareholder rights as well by only permitting me entrance as a guest, without the right to speak or vote. I spoke out anyway.
I demanded an immediate response to BP's denying the voice of those that had traveled from the Gulf to tell the truth about what has really been happening to their health, livelihoods and home. I also demanded a response to the failure of the corporation to provide for the safety of its deep water operations and read a statement that Keith Jones, whose son, Gordon Jones, was killed when the Deepwater Horizon exploded, gave to me and asked me to read.
Antonia Juhasz is available today in London at +44 7417 301971, firstname.lastname@example.org
Statement from the Gulf Coast Fund.