Sunday, May 30, 2010

BP worse health, environment and safety record

Woodside Energy Ltd, BHP Billiton Pty Ltd, BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd, Chevron Australia Pty Ltd and Shell Development Australia Pty Ltd’s all have shares in the proposed largest LNG Precinct in the world at James Price Point, Kimberley, Western Australia. It is these very same companies and their subsidiaries companies that are in association with the world's most damaging oil spill. Now in its 41st continuously gushing day – is creating huge unseen "dead zones" in the Gulf of Mexico, according to oceanologists and toxicologists. They say that if their fears are correct, then the sea's entire food chain could suffer years of devastation, with almost no marine life in the region escaping its effects.

While the sight of tar balls and oil-covered birds on Louisiana's shoreline has been the most visible sign of the spill's environmental destruction, many scientists now believe it is underwater contamination that will have the deadliest impact. At least two submerged clouds of noxious oil and chemical dispersants have been confirmed by research vessels, and scientists are seeing initial signs of several more. The largest is some 22 miles long, six miles wide and 3,300 feet deep – a volume that would take up half of Lake Erie. Another spans an area of 20 square miles.

More than 8,300 species of plants and animals are at risk. Some, such as the bluefin tuna, which come to the Gulf to spawn, could even face extinction. Scientists predict it will be many months – even years – before the true toll of the disaster will be known.

BP, one of the worlds biggest oil and gas producer, has a worse health, environment and safety record than many other major oil companies, according to RiskMetrics, a consulting group that assigns scores to companies based on their performance in various categories, including safety.

The 2005 explosion at a refinery in Texas City, Tex., killed 15 workers and injured hundreds more. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined BP a record $87 million for neglecting to correct safety violations.

Only a year later, a leaky BP oil pipeline in Alaska forced the shutdown of one of the nation's biggest oil fields. BP was fined $20 million in criminal penalties after prosecutors said the company had neglected corroding pipelines.

BP had serious concerns about the Deepwater Horizon rig but still broke its own safety policy, The New York Times reports, citing internal company documents.
The documents also showed BP was worried about safety on the rig far earlier than it let on to Congress in hearings earlier this week, the paper reported late Saturday.

The Times said that on June 22, 2009, BP engineers expressed concerns that the metal well casing the company wanted to use might collapse under high pressure.
"This would certainly be a worst-case scenario," Mark Hafle, a senior drilling engineer at BP, warned in an internal report.

"However, I have seen it happen so know it can occur."

According to the report, the company went ahead with the casing but only after getting special permission from colleagues because it violated BP's safety policies and design standards.

The internal reports do not explain why the company allowed for an exception. But they revealed that company officials knew the casing was the riskier of two options, The Times said.

Here are some items from the evidence set being adduced in Kenner and Congress:

The failed blowout preventer on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig had a hydraulic leak and a dead battery in one of its control pods, and testing in the hours before an April 20 explosion revealed that pressure in the well was dangerously out of whack.

While some data were being transmitted to shore for safekeeping right up until the April 20 blast, officials from Transocean, the rig owner, told Congress that the last seven hours of its data are missing and that all written logs were lost in the explosion.

Heavy drilling fluid was unconscionably replaced with lighter seawater against industry standards just prior to the blowout. Over heated objections by experts on the scene, BP management supervisors overruled drillers, and insisted on displacing the mud with seawater

The broken blow out preventer had not been inspected in over five years.

BP was in a severe economic and time crunch to finish the job quickly and were over six weeks behind schedule.

Immediately leading up to the explosion, BP used procedures that violated their own drill plan; and in spite of indications of a “very large abnormality,” kept testing until they got something they could disingenuously claim fulfilled the test.

BP management supervisors refused to run the comprehensive cement bond log test, a definitive test of the integrity of a well’s cement mandated by Federal Regulations if there are concerns with the results of negative and positive pressure tests like were clearly present.

The BP management official on Deepwater Horizon making the unconscionable decisions, over the vehement objections of seasoned drilling experts, Robert Kaluzza has refused to testify by invoking his 5th Amendment criminal right against self incrimination.

BP officials aboard the rig wanted to skip required pressure tests and tried to impose a drilling plan sent directly from BP’s Houston headquarters that had not been approved, as required, by the federal government’s Minerals Management Service.

As a direct and proximate result of the above described reckless, wanton, willful, and grossly negligent conduct, eleven men are dead and the biggest environmental disaster in history has been unleashed on the fragile and critical Gulf of Mexico, threatening the lives and livelihoods of untold numbers of American families. Some of the toxic death foisted upon the environment cannot even be seen because it lurks in deep giant underwater plumes miles wide by miles long.


  1. The security company contracted to provide security for the B.P.spill operations headquarters are the same mob who got into all that trouble in Afghanistan.

  2. they have known for several years that the B.O.P.s now being used are no good with the newer high tensile drill pipes.there is no technology at the moment that is any good.and has anyone else heard the story going round that the offshore out of broome is mostly on hold because of some serious problems with one or more of the bops out there?

  3. Not only high tensile pipes but any welds, pipe joints,tools etc. cannot be cut.B.P. were in a partnership with another company to develop new technology that would work but they sold out some time ago.