How BP values human life.

I wrote about the BP Texas City refinery disaster way back when the lawsuits were humming along and BP was trying to make them and the US government go away. Fifteen employees lost their lives in that explosion most likely because BP housed them in flimsy-assed trailers instead of a building that would be able to withstand such a blast. The Daily Beast  has uncovered a BP document that puts a $ value on the lives of their employees. It ain’t pretty sportsfans. From the DB writeup:

The two-page document, prepared by BP’s risk managers in October 2002 as part of a larger risk preparedness presentation, and titled “Cost benefit analysis of three little pigs,” is harrowing:

“Frequency—the big bad wolf blows with a frequency of once per lifetime.”

“Consequence—if the wolf blows down the house then the piggy is gobbled.”

“Maximum justifiable spend (MJS)—a piggy considers it’s worth $1000 to save its bacon.”

“Which type of house,” the report asks, “should the piggy build?”

It then answers its own question: a hand-written note, “optimal,” is marked next to an option that offers solid protection, but not the “blast resistant” trailer, typically all-welded steel structures, that cost 10 times as much.

At Texas City, all of the fatalities and many of the serious injuries occurred in or around the nine contractor trailers near the isom unit, which contained large quantities of flammable hydrocarbons and had a history of releases, fires, and other safety incidents. A number of trailers as far away as two football fields were heavily damaged.

Coon says that during the discovery process, he found another email from the BP Risk Management department that showed BP put a value on each worker when making its Three Little Pigs calculation: $10 million per life. One of Coon’s associates, Eric Newell, told me that the email came from Robert Mancini, a chemical engineer in risk management, during a period when BP was buying rival Amoco and was used to compare the two companies’ policies. This email, and the related Three Little Pigs memo, which has never before been publicly viewed, attracted almost no press attention.

Between the Texas City explosion and the Deepwater Rig explosion, BP has snuffed out a total of 26 lives…..whilst saving money…or to put it bluntly..being cheap-ass mutha fuckas and playing the odds. 

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Posted on May 25, 2010, in BP, British Petroleum, Deepwater Rig, murderers, pollution, Texas City refinery. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I think they could be heaving their last breath here- they're going to be political napalm after all this is said and done- I dobt much protection will come from the politicians that it usually sleeps with!

  2. Disgust! That's what's on my mind. Disgust not only with BP but with our Goverment. Notably MMS.  They were in bed with the oil company's as well as Big Coal.  A year and a half ago Cowboy Ken Salazar was put in charge of The Dept of the Interior. He was supposed to clean up to corrupt going ons of MMS. MMs is part of Dept. of Interior. Not one freaken thing was done.  I believe the truth about BP is they don't want to cap off the well. What they want is to drill a new well right next to it so they can draw off the oil. Salazar is going along with this notion. Tell me why it's nesssessary to drill a new well. The answer is it's not. This is BP way of turning this into a money maker. I to posted about the 3 little pigs. I'm a little emotional over this and I hope everyone else is too.

  3. Greenspan thought the markets would, and could regulate themselves.
    We all know how well that went.

    It is the same with the oil corps.
    The whole government is corrupt, and dysfunctional.
    We can not keep putting band aids on a cancerous limb.
    It must be cut off.

  4. It's a risk they are willing to take. Bastards. 
    My understanding is they are still on probation from the refinery violations. 

    Seriously, watch this…. firsthand account of the Deepwater explosion & the truth about what happened.

  5. I hope to fuck BP goes belly up over this shit and ALL the shit they have pulled over the decades. May their board of directors spend eternity in hell…if you don't believe in hell then I hope they meet a horrible end.

  6. I lived in Santa Barbara county during the 'great oil spill' there. I have been emotional over this BP shit since day one as it has renewed the nightmares of dying fish, fowl and dolphins that I saw covered in oil in 1969. The soundless waves coming ashore bringing more death and destruction. Yes, the waves made no sound as they were more oil than water.

    PTSD….thy name is dead animals covered in oil..for me anyway.

  7. Nationalizing them won't make fixing this nightmare any easier I fear….but I tend to agree that countries who nationalize their oil extraction have less of this bullshit.

  8. If the vid is the 60 minutes interview…I watched it the night it aired Fran. Made me physically ill and quite weepy.

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