Disregarding safety issues always prove to be disastrous, and this was exactly the case in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. A recent report by ProPublica, an independent non-profit newsroom that does investigative journalism in public interest, reveals the substandard safety record of British Petroleum. This report highlights a few incidents where BP ignored safety issues to reduce production costs. A person closely associated with BP leaked some of the documents concerning internal safety investigations to ProPublica.
Alaskan oil spill: The story of BP’s safety record starts from the well-known Prudhoe tragedy in Alaska Bay pipeline spill in Alaska in 2006. The corroded pipeline used by BP was one of the prime reasons for the tragedy in Alaska. It was told that the use of such out of shape equipment was mainly to cut off maintenance costs. It also came into light that BP threatened some of its workers as they raised safety issues over the firm’s operations in Alaska.
Falsifying Inspections of Fuel Storage Tanks in California: California officials found that BP falsified inspections of fuel tanks that did not meet the required safety regulations. However, the firm settled the lawsuit filed by the South Coast Air Quality Management District for $100 million!
Texas Refinery Explosion: Lack of significant process safety issues had caused the explosion at Texas City refinery, which killed 15 people and injured 170. A BP spokesperson said that the firm would revise its safety system, but it remained just a statement! Consequently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the firm $87 million last year for failing to accomplish what it had promised to do.
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill: This oil spill is one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S history. Failure of about eight different safety systems, including improperly sealed borehole, improper gas detection system, and valve failures had caused this massive oil spill.
BP’s terrible safety record doesn’t end here. The firm was also held responsible for many oil tragedies including the Exxon Valdez oil spill! When oil companies show a pattern of negligence to safeguard their finances, don’t you think an effective spill response plan should be in place. Using Oil Gone Easy Marine S-200, an environmentally safe oil remover should be the choice of nature lovers!
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