Topics: BP Atlantis whistleblower alleges false claims, BP Says U.S. Withholding Evidence of Extent of Oil Spill, P Workers Can’t Sue Retirement Plan Over Spill Loss, Judge Says, BP oil spill trial plan could change, Gulf Oil Drilling To See Busiest Year Since 2010 BP Spill, TNK-BP Ukraine Cuts Half of Jobs in Reorganization After Losses
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It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that the Department of Interior's industry-captive Minerals Management Service (now the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement) didn't find anything amiss with as-built documents on BP's Atlantis being AWOL. They were every bit as responsible for this serious safety shortcoming as BP.
Having accurate, as-built documents on site is not some sort of meaningless bureaucratic requirement. It is an absolute necessity for proper maintenance. It is even more critical on a rig like the Atlantis that is chock full of bleeding edge technology where even experienced personnel will have difficultly knowing how to keep equipment in good repair. There is nothing safe or sensible about making them work by guess and by golly.
The courts are the public's last resort when government regulators are nothing more than willing rubber stamps for the businesses they are supposed to be regulating. There aren't many judges who are willing to take on the powers that be to act in the public's interest so it's very likely that there won't be the independent safety review that the public and Atlantis workers rightfully deserve.
April 05, 2012, 11:42 AM Updated: Thursday, April 05, 2012, 4:59 PM
This is the point where the public will pay dearly for Secretary Chu's decision to shut the Macondo in rather than forcing BP to produce it which would have provided an accurate flow rate. The fact that the government was singing from BP's hymnal early on about the ridiculously low flow rates that BP was claiming will provide bunkers of ammunition for BP lawyers.
Lacking good data, even legitimate early estimates of the flow rate were more by guess and by golly than being accurate scientific assessments. No doubt BP lawyers will have a field day with those as well.
While the truth and BP are total strangers, in this case I wouldn't be surprised if the government is trying to keep documents from BP. I would expect there is quite a bit in them that would be helpful to BP and embarrassing to the government.
Mar 30, 2012 12:10 PM CT
It would seem that companies can be as reckless as they wish regarding safety leaving their employees holding the bag in their retirement funds. Securities laws seem to be useless in preventing even egregious corporate misbehavior.
BP Workers Can’t Sue Retirement Plan Over Spill Loss, Judge SaysMar 30, 2012 11:01 PM CT
Unsurprisingly, there is disagreement about how to proceed with the BP trial after BP settled with private litigants. It seems odd that Judge Shushan is entertaining the idea of taking up the issue of fines before determining the cause of the Deepwater Horizon/Macondo catastrophe. One wonders if anyone even cares or if getting their hands on fine money trumps any new information that might come forth in trial that would help prevent encore tragedies.
Why Halliburton is so all-fired determined to take up the issue of "source control" mystifies me since they were responsible for the failed cement job.
Published: Wednesday, April 04, 2012, 10:15 AM
There will be eight new deepwater rigs in the Gulf this year despite the fact that there any changes to make such rigs safer have been nothing more than window dressing. High gas prices provide a difficult political climate to make the necessary changes to increase safety for deepwater drilling.
04/10/2012 6:59 am
After its idiotic business dealings in Russia BP is losing money. It should be noted that BP commented that it will be focusing on marketing with nary a word about safety. I wonder how long it will take for something truly awful to happen at the Linik refinery.
TNK-BP Ukraine Cuts Half of Jobs in Reorganization After Losses
Apr 9, 2012 7:31 AM CT
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