Category Archives: British Petroleum

Video: FU BP

Caught this video at C&L this morning. Love it! Took these folks two days and dodging the cops. It’s a simple but direct message really made me smile.

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. 

7 most dumbass statements re: Gulf Oil Spill

From Alternet, we get the biggest, most fuckwitted, most outrageous comments from the fuckwads on the right:

7. Rush Limbaugh: Environmentalists probably blew up the oil rig

6. Rep. Taylor Compares Oil Slick to Chocolate Milk

5. Sarah Palin Promotes Offshore Drilling As Massive Oil Leak Continues

4. Bill Kristol Says Offshore Drilling Should be Brought Closer to Land

3. T. Boone Pickens: “All of that will get cleaned up and we’ll be back”

2. Tony Hayward, CEO of BP: “What the hell did we do to deserve this?”

1. Rush Limbaugh: “The ocean will take care of this on its own if it was left alone and left out there. It’s natural. It’s as natural as the ocean water is.”

There really is no need to extrapolate on these asinine remarks. They speak for themselves.

BP offering 30 pieces of silver.

These scum sucking carpetbaggers are offering Alabaman’s $5 grand if they will sign away their right to sue over the damages that their fuck-up has and will cause along the Alabama coastline. From TPM:

BP has been offering $5000 payments to residents of coastal Alabama areas, in exchange for essentially giving up their right to sue the oil giant over its deadly Gulf Coast spill, according to the state’s attorney general.

AG Troy King last night urged BP to stop the effort, and told Alabamians to be wary. “People need to proceed with caution and understand the ramifications before signing something like that,” King said, according to the Alabama press.

A spokesman for BP told a reporter that the waiver clause had now been removed from the contracts, and that the company won’t enforce it in contracts that were previously signed. But King, a Republican, isn’t satisfied. He said last night he’s still concerned that the process could strip people of their right to sue.

Sid Jackson, a Mobile-based lawyer representing a shrimper who last week filed suit against BP, claiming that the spill had already taken a financial toll on his business, told TPMmuckraker that he believed BP would be wise to back down. “I think they kind of drop-kicked that [waiver] clause into the fine print,” Jackson said. But, “I think it would backfire” if BP tried to enforce it.

Don’t you just love it? The economic and environmental disaster has just begun along the Gulf of Mexico coastline, and BP’s biggest concern is circumventing the legal system in order to cover their putrid asses.

Have you ever seen a bird or dolphin dying who is covered in oil? I have as I was a resident of Santa Barbara when the oil spill hit land in 1969. I was a highschool student. I saw all kinds of marine mammals in various stages of dying. Those visions haunted me for decades. The SB oil horror was the beginning of the enviromental movement…it was that horrific.

A little history lesson on oil and marine life:

The oil was so thick upon the water that waves reaching shore reportedly made no sound. The tides brought dead seals and dolphins, whose clogged blowholes caused their lungs to hemorrhage. Countless fish and marine invertebrates perished. Diving birds were soaked with oil while shore birds fled. A massive volunteer effort attempted to rescue oil-soaked birds from beaches and bring them to emergency treatment centers. Even so, less than 30 percent of the birds that were treated survived.

This is what the residents of the Gulf coast have to look forward to. Dead animals and a ruined eco-system.

I will never forget what I saw…and neither will the residents of the gulf coast now. From a post I did on the Santa Barbara oil spill:

I was a highschooler when the Santa Barbara oil spill happened..and I lived in Santa Barbara county. You haven’t lived until you have walked on a beach that has oil ten inches thick all fucking over it. You haven’t seen nothing until you see birds that are covered in the shit and dying a slow painful death. You haven’t experienced shit until you see hundreds of dead fish, seals and dolphins covering the beach.

It is going to happen all over again. I am thankful that I do not live anywhere near the gulf coast. But the nightmares have started all over again for me.

BP’s safety history flat out sucks..and people die regularly.

I have blogged ad-friggin- nauseum about BP’s lack of safety in all areas of oil drilling and refining. These fuckers simply do not give a tinkers damn, and consider the fines levied against them the cost of doing business.

Lets recap, shall we?

First, the Alaska pipeline. NBC News had a piece in 2006 about BP having not only knowledge of how bad the state of their pipeline was, but they hadn’t performed normal proactive maintenance procedures for over 15 years. The fact that they poisoned a huge area of Alaska with their oil spill, and didn’t blink an eye over it should tell you what their priority is..money..make it while you can and screw the environment. Some parts of the pipeline are quoted as being “paper thin”. The environmental disaster would be horrific.

Next the explosion at the TX refinery which killed 15 workers in 2005. Four years later, they had major safety issues that still had not been addressed. From the Telegraph article:

BP has been handed a record $87m fine for “outstanding life-threatening safety problems” at its Texas City refinery where an explosion killed 15 workers and injured 170 in 2005.
Hilda Solis, the US Labor Secretary, said authorities had found 439 current “wilful and egregious” safety violations which “if unaddressed could lead to another catastrophe”.
“This administration will not tolerate disregard of our laws,” she added.
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration visited the refinery 17 times over four years and it claims that 270 notices to correct hazards have not been rectified.
There have been four additional fatal incidents at the Texas City refinery since the 2005 explosion.
One worker was crushed between a lift and a pipe rack, another was electrocuted while working on a light circuit, a third was killed when the top blew off a pressure vessel, and a fourth was hit by a front-end loader.
“There were some serious, systemic safety problems within the corporation and specifically within this refinery,” said Jordan Barab, acting assistant secretary of labor for OSHA. “Just the fact that there are so many still outstanding problems, life-threatening problems, at this plant, indicates that they still have a systemic safety problem.”

As I said, they pay the fines which are usually less than what it would cost them to actually fix the fucking problems. These pigshit mutha fuckas need to be criminally charged for these issues. It will be the only way to wake these bastards up..perp walk the upper echelon of management into federal court on murder charges for starters.

But I ain’t holding my breath..nope. The past and current administrations did not and do not have the balls to do that. A history of not giving a shit will continue, which means people will continue to die and nothing will change. Eleven workers lost their lives in the Gulf Disaster last week…just chalk it up to the cost of doing business….right gents?