Phillip Hallmark, CEO of Hallmark Industrial Services, told our sister site, the Michigan Messenger, that his company, which recently lost a contract cleaning up an oil spill in Michigan amid concerns over its labor practices, had been involved in the response to the BP oil spill in Florida.

A spokesman for BP, however, says the company believes Hallmark employees were not involved in the gulf spill cleanup.

“Based on these records, we do not believe any employees of Hallmark assisted with the response to the MC-252 Incident,” the spokesman said in an email, adding that BP keeps records of contractors involved in the spill response.

Dozens of undocumented immigrant workers who had arrived in charter buses from Michigan were arrested this week in Southeast Texas. A local television station there reports that investigators said they had been working for Hallmark.

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