The London-based oil company, BP or Beyond Petroleum, has got to be one of the most reckless oil companies operating within the US boarders. In the
last few years alone, BP has paid over $730 millions dollars in fines and settlements, plead guilty to two crimes and has been found liable for
everything from willful neglect of worker safety rules to manipulating energy markets.
Given BP's extremely poor record of towing the line and the magnitude of this disaster, I think that BP should be banned from doing any and all
business here in America. We should make them pay for the clean-up but we should not allow them to manage the operation as they would only screw that
up as they do everything else. In fact, they are already screwing up the cleaning and containment operations.
Below, is the very long list of BP violations and screw-ups.
[color=FFFF00]WORKER SAFETY – $215 million in penalties/settlements:
• BP paid the two largest fines in OSHA history –
– for willful negligence that led
to the deaths of 15 workers and injured 170 others in a March 2005 refinery explosion in Texas.
• In September 2005, OSHA cited BP for 296 “Egregious Willful Violations” and other violations associated with the explosion, fining BP $21.36
million and entering into a settlement agreement under which BP agreed to corrective actions to eliminate hazards similar to those that caused the
explosion. In October 2009, OSHA determined that BP was in non-compliance with the settlement agreement, finding 270 “notifications of failure to
abate” and 439 new willful violations, resulting in the $87.43 million fine. The U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board
concluded in 2007
that “The Texas City disaster was caused by organizational and
safety deficiencies at all levels of the BP Corporation. Warning signs of a possible disaster were present for several years, but company officials
did not intervene effectively to prevent it.” This followed an August 2004
OSHA fine against BP for $63,000
for violations at
the same facility. In December 2009, a Texas jury returned a
$100 million dollar award
against BP on
behalf of workers injured in 2007 at the texas city refinery while making repairs after the 2005 blast.
• Just last month, BP paid a $3 million dollar
fine to OSHA for 42 willful safety violations at one of its refineries in Ohio. This follows a
$2.4 million dollar
fine BP paid for safety & health
violations at this refinery in April 2006.
• In september 2001, OSHA fined BP $141,000 dollars
after an explosion killed 3 workers at
BPs Clanton Road facility.
• In October 2006, the Minerals Management Service fined BP $25,000 dollars
“operations were not performed in a safe and workmanlike manner. While making an assessment of the unsafe conditions on the platform that needed
repairing, the construction crew did not barricade a 3’4″ x 3’4″ opening in the stairway landing. Later, one of the crew members was injured
when he fell through the open hole approximately 20′ and into the Gulf of Mexico".
• In July 2004, BP paid a $190,000 dollar
penalty to MMS for safety violations that
resulted in a fire.
• In February 2004, MMS fined BP $25,000 dollars
because “The Rig’s Gas Detection
System was bypassed with ongoing drilling operations being conducted".
• In November 2003, MMS fined BP $25,000 dollars
for violations that resulted in an oil rig
crane falling into the Gulf of Mexico.
• In July 2003, MMS fined BP $20,000 because a subsurface safety valve
was “blocked out
• In January 2003, BP was fined $70,000 dollars
by MMS for a faulty fire water system. Also
that month, BP was fined $80,000 by MMS for bypassing “Relays for the Pressure Safety High/Low for four producing wells".
• In January 2002, MMS fined BP $20,000 dollars
for a safety violation.
• In May 2002, MMS fined BP $23,000 dollars
for a workplace safety violation that resulted
in a worker having his hand injured from an electrical shock.
• In September 2002, MMS fined BP $39,000 dollars
for missing 13 monthly tests of an “oil
low level sensor.”
• In February 2001, MMS fined BP $20,000 dollars
for workplace violations resulting in
serious injury to an employee.
[edit on 23-5-2010 by airspoon]