Power abuse and communication


One of the most noteworthy aspects of power abuse, besides the neglect of safety measures, is in the way in which information is communicated to affected communities and other stakeholders. This is the arena of “cover-ups” in all its forms of, for example, collusion, withholding information, lying, and delaying communication. The BP Deepwater oil spill in 2010, as an example, broke records in the extent of the spill, but also in the fines and criminal charges brought against a company, for negligence and reckless conduct, including lying to the US Congress. These included costs and fines amounting to more than $50 billion, four years of government monitoring, and manslaughter and misdemeanour charges.

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