In another egregious set up against the natural world, Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder has appointed former BP America Executive Heidi Grether to be the next director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). On August 1, 2016 current interim director Keith Creigh will step back into his role as the Director of the Department of Natural Resources as to make way for Grether. Currently Grether is the deputy Director of the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE).
The State has attempted to greenwash the appointee by highlighting her membership in a few conservation groups, which can all be acquired with the stroke of a pen to pay a nominal fee (no further commitments necessary). Until we see otherwise, we don’t believe that shit for a minute. Bottom line culture fostered by the Snyder Administration invites ecological devastation and environmental disaster to the Great Lakes. This appointment comes as little surprise, this state will need an experienced disaster liaison to maintain a positive business environment while the real world is being destroyed and then neglected.
Let’s take a minute to remember the extra toxic Corexit used as a dispersant in the Gulf of Mexico, the problems that still persist, the lives still displaced. Enbridge is attempting to finalize their sham on the Kalamazoo River, who better to step into the role as director of the Department of Environmental Quality to help show them the way out?
From her Linked In profile, Grether’s past with the BP is:
– General Manager, Gulf Coast External Affairs BP America, Inc.
March 2012 – March 2014 (2 years 1 month)Houston, Texas Area
Manage external affairs activities in coastal Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon (DWH) accident.
Developed and implemented successful external relations strategies for the Gulf Coast in response to the DWH accident, thereby achieving no legislation adverse to BP being introduced in the Gulf states.
Developed and implemented the successful exit strategy for Gulf Coast external affairs activities, which obtained zero negative reactions against BP.
Member of Gulf Coast Restoration Organization and Governemnt and Public Affairs leadership teams.
Manage $14.2M budget, 30+ staff, plus government and public affairs consultants.
Staff development and review.
- General Manager, Mississippi External Affairs BP America, Inc.
August 2010 – March 2012 (1 year 8 months)
Managed overall direction of external relations engagement and staff for BP in Mississippi for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill response, including Community Relations, Media Relations and Communications, Government Relations.
Supervised all aspects of state outreach, with state and local government officials, community and business organizations, and local media.
Managed the team to develop, nurture and maintain stakeholder relationships, external activities and funding requests, communicate approved messages and deliver agreed objectives.
Managed large BP sponsorships events, such as the $1.5M, 3-year commitment to the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Champions tournament.
Managed $4M budget, 15 staff, plus government and public affairs consultants.
Staff development, mentoring and review.
- Communications and External Affairs Lead, Deepwater Horizon Response BP/Swift Worldwide Resources
May 2010 – December 2010 (8 months)
Senior member of the BP Mississippi Deepwater Response Team, responsible for handling flexible assignment depending on the team’s needs.
Spearheaded the implementation of various communications and external affairs activities, which included government and community outreach, media relations, funding requests, public
Managed consultant oversight and event planning.
Despite her inflated credentials as an environmentalist, the unfolding of the BP oil spill clean up tells a tale of negligence and PR stunts which merits our concerns to whom she will actually be serving while directing the DEQ.
See Flint Rising’s Press Release HERE