Topics: Blast at BP station kills 1, hurts 2, BP safety back in spotlight as explosion kills worker in US, BP to Pay $5.4 Million over Gender Bias Claims, Congress passes Restore Act, flood insurance extension in massive transportion bill, How The Mighty Mississippi Saved Shores From BP Deepwater Oil Spill, U.S. Nears BP Settlements, Judge allows spill defendant to give prosecutors BP documents, Ex-BP engineer charged in Gulf oil spill case wants details on charges against him, Anonymous hacks oil giant to help Arctic
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Sadly, BP's repugnant track record of leaving dead and injured workers remains intact. In one of their Colorado gas compressions stations one worker was killed and two suffered serious injuries. The news coverage has been extremely poor, probably in some part due to the horrible Colorado wildfires. It is difficult to imagine circumstances other than atrocious worker training or maintenance could be responsible for this needless tragedy.
Pressurized device blew during routine maintenance operation
I have not been able to find which "authorities" are investigating the explosion. Contracting out maintenance work allows BP to use the low cost bidder which very likely means the poorest paid, poorest trained workers that BP can buy. The BP worker carnage will likely continue unless and until authorities actually jail high-ranking BP execs or the EPA chooses to disbar them from U.S. government contracts. With large corporations like BP being able to buy politicians at will with pocket change that is not likely to happen.
8:21PM BST 26 Jun 2012
It's hard not to wonder how many woman were not hired because of their gender and simply not told why. Shame on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for not providing details of the circumstances of the women being denied employment. I can't think of any logic that would lead the EEOC to conclude that BP promises to do better are worth any more than the proverbial bucket of warm spit. h/t Yasuragi
Jul 2, 2012 | 1:08PM
Finally, after two years Congress has finally managed to pass the Restore Act with will funnel BP fines to the affected states. There is no indication in the article about what strings, if any, are attached to the money. If past is prologue, it will go for boondoggle projects designed to line the pockets of politicians' favored contributors while human and environmental victims are left wanting.
It is also deeply disturbing that poor Louisiana residents will be suffering cuts in Medicaid when so many residents and cleanup workers are ill from BP's black monster.
Published: Friday, June 29, 2012, 2:59 PM Updated: Friday, June 29, 2012, 3:47 PM
Despite the misleading headline this is an important story. It is deeply troubling that no one thought to do the research on how a potential oil spill might move in the Gulf prior to the Deepwater Horizon/Macondo horror. I can distinctly recall at the time of the spill that there were many, many, many complaints that resources were being deployed to the wrong places based on 24 hour predictions that were being used by the Coast Guard.
Even worse, there doesn't seem to any indication that these types of studies might be important to do in other offshore drilling areas where rivers empty into the ocean. This type of data is essential for the most effective deployment of cleanup resources. Current water movement models won't be a whole lot better than by guess and by golly.
June 29, 2012
More rumors of a possible settlement between the Justice Department and BP as well as some indicating possible criminal charges against individuals. The Marianas mentioned in the article was the rig that was to be used to drill the Macondo. A replacement rig was needed because the Marianas suffered serious damage in Hurricane Ida which required extensive shipyard repairs.
Rumors are always flying about what is going on with the Justice Department but there has been nothing but a long empty silence about BP's debarment status within the Environmental Protection Agency.
June 28, 2012, 8:41 p.m. ET
Kurt Mix's attorney has claimed that the data that the Justice Department (DOJ) is accusing his client of destroying is duplicated elsewhere so the case has always seemed a bit odd other than putting pressure on Mix to roll over on his bosses.
It's not good news that the Justice Department will not be able to use the information it receives outside the case against Kurt Mix. If the documents prove no ill intent on Mix's part so much for DOJ rolling over Mix and their efforts will be for naught.
A few "amens" are in order for Professor Uhlmann's comments that it's time for the DOJ to stop dealing with trivia and get on with going after those criminally responsible.
June 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm
Without seeing the messages to his BP supervisor that Mix deleted it is difficult to say whether or not the Justice Department really have a case. Unsurprisingly, the emails Mix's attorney released are nothing but boring trivia, most of which is personal.
Mix's attorney also claims that Mix was "was cooperating by providing information demonstrating what he know about the flow of oil and the "top kill" effort to plug the well." The statement does not indicate if Mix was cooperating with any government entity as opposed to being a BP lapdog.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. BP was probably being cheap and stupid in not keeping Mix in a position where he was totally financially dependent on them.
Published: Monday, July 02, 2012, 7:37 PM Updated: Monday, July 02, 2012, 7:48 PM
It's difficult to understand why Greenpeace decided to take on Anonymous's PR baggage but they have. I hope this doesn't drive away people who are opposed to Arctic drilling. We really need all the friends we can get. That said, one does hope that the information that is being dug up will result in some substantial, successful shareholder lawsuits agains big oil.
Anonymous hacks oil giant to help Arctic
June 30, 2012
PLEASE visit Pam LaPier's diary to find out how you can help the Gulf now and in the future. We don't have to be idle! And thanks to Crashing Vor and Pam LaPier for working on this!Previous Gulf Watcher diaries:
|6-19-12 06:02 PM||Gulf Watchers Tuesday - BP Hides Documents With DoJ Cover - BP Catastrophe AUV #590||Lorinda Pike|
|6-05-12 04:30 PM||Gulf Watchers Tuesday - Court awards BP scientists' private emails - BP Catastrophe AUV #589||peraspera|
|6-03-12 06:30 PM||Gulf Watchers Block Party: "Look at Your Fish"||Phil S 33|
|5-22-12 06:04 PM||Gulf Watchers Tuesday - BOP Mandates and "Dangerous" Opt-Outs - BP Catastrophe AUV #588||Lorinda Pike|
|5-20-12 06:25 PM||Gulf Watchers Block Party - What Unique Place Names Lurk Where You Live? (and some music...)||Lorinda Pike|
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