In 2010, following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Anadarko Petroleum Company enlisted Qorvis Communications to contain negative publicity, and monitor news and potential legislative action affecting Anadarko due to its role as a passive investor in the Macondo well.
Qorvis Communications worked with financial reporters to tell Anadarko’s story — that Anadarko bore no responsibility for the operations of the Deepwater Horizon and was shielded from legal and financial liability from the spill. Qorvis also partnered with grassroots operatives in four Gulf Coast states to monitor activities by state attorneys general and legislators.
Anadarko stayed out of the news. While BP and Tony Hayward became household names, Anadarko only made headlines twice: when their investment in the Macondo well was made public in April 2010 and when they settled all outstanding legal claims with BP in October 2011.