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BP... A history of crime and why people must stop defending them!

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posted on Jun, 17 2010 @ 07:13 AM
OK... Enough of this nonsense.

A call to people to STOP defending BP as if it is an innocent victim!!!

Let have a quick look at this company’s history’s regarding safety and pollution...

2009 - BP loose case against a group of Colombian farmers for a leaky pipeline that...

caused landslides and damage to soil and groundwater, causing crops to fail, livestock to perish, contaminating water supplies and making fish ponds unsustainable.

2007 BP paid the largest fine ever for Air Violations and a further $400 million for safety upgrades...

2006 BP spilt 200,000 gallons of crude oil in Alaska

BP's ceaseless efforts to promote itself as an environmentally responsible energy producer took a serious blow yesterday after a US congressional committee said "a mountain of evidence" showed the company's cost-cutting on maintenance had led to a large oil spill in Alaska. The US government said it was "highly likely" to fine BP over the leaks.

2005 BP was found responsible for an explosion at a refinery that killed 15 people

Hilda Solis, the US Labor Secretary, said authorities had found 439 current "wilful and egregious" safety violations which "if unaddressed could lead to another catastrophe".

2003 BP accused of failing to control emissions from storage tanks ...

The clean air regulator also charges that BP failed to control emissions from the tanks, leading to complaints of headaches and nausea from pupils at nearby schools and the evacuation of some classrooms two years ago.

In 2002 BP were fined £1 Million for two incidents in 2000...

BP were today (Friday 18 January 2002) fined a total of £1m at Falkirk Sheriff Court, following two incidents at their Grangemouth refinery in June 2000. The charges were: failing to ensure the safety of non-employees (members of the public), so far as was reasonably practical, following a steam rupture; and, failing to ensure the safety of employees, so far as was reasonably practical, following a fire in a catalytical converter.

1993 - 1995 BP fined $22 million for the illegle dumping of hazardous waste in Alaska.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. today pleaded guilty to one felony count related to the illegal disposal of hazardous waste on Alaska’s North Slope, and it agreed to spend $22 million to resolve the criminal case and related civil claims, the Justice Department announced.

There are probably hundreds of unreported safety incidents concerning the company that go back years...

Why do people insist on defending them???

I think this shows that fines are not enough for a company this large... Executive need to start being punished individually... they are the ones who put the need for profit ahead of the need for safety... they are the ones who sign the paperwork that means cheaper containment tanks or less safety checks!!!

I hear people moaning about other companies committing crimes and getting away with it... That is true... Other company executives, such as those from union carbide, need to be brought to justice too...

But the fact that they haven’t should not be used as an excuse to let off the criminals from BP.

And please... everyone... STOP turning it into a USA vs Britain argument...

This is normal working people VS a corporate giant... always has been!!!

It just so happens that this time the US government is being far more vocal about it!!

BP's crimes are affecting the planet that we ALL live on!! BP is just another corporate gangster that is raping our world... we need to all act with one voice regardless of our country of origin!!OpenDocument

[edit on 17-6-2010 by Muckster]

posted on Jun, 17 2010 @ 03:47 PM
Almost missed this one...

1965 - Sea Gem oil rig sinks killing 13 men.

A public inquiry into the sinking of the Sea Gem concluded metal fatigue in part of the suspension system linking the hull to the legs was to blame.

The inquiry recommended improving safety precautions such as regular inspections, a clear chain of command and better communication with workers

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