posted on May, 30 2010 @ 02:21 PM
I don't want to sound like I am making excuses for BP. Even an amoeba knows BP screwed up BIG TIME in the gulf. However, it might be easy for a
reasonably conscientious person to rack up safety violations for trivial things.
Let us all take your kitchens as an example. I am pretty sure most of you (except some of you bachelors) have reasonably clean kitchens. If a
government inspector went through your kitchen, they would probably find numerous violations. For example, if you left meat out to thaw on the
counter top instead of the refrigerator, you may have violated a health code. Your refrigerator might be one degree to warm. The pot you left
soaking in the sink might be another violation. The moldy cheese you are about to throw out is another violation.
The same thing could be said for oil wells. Many of BP's violations could have been petty things. For example, they could have been cited for
having fire extinguishers that were a few weeks past their expiration date. Safety inspectors also often consider the use of powerstrips as a safety
violation. BP could have been cited for having a wet floor because somebody was mopping the time the safety inspector was on site, or it could have
been cited for having a dirty floor because the janitor decided to wait until the safety inspector left before he mopped.