According to an article by Will Evans of California Watch, Hydrogen Energy California LLC will receive 308 million dollars of stimulus funding to build a new hydrogen power plant in Tupman, CA.
Here's the rub: British Petroleum owns 50% of HEC.
Evans says BP was facing huge fines and was being prosecuted by the federal government for criminal environmental violations when the deal was made.
So what role should a company's track record play when the government is considering how to award projects?
In this economy, does job creation trump environmental concerns?