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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:15 AM
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BP execs knew of woes before Tx refinery blast-US

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BP execs knew of woes before Tx refinery blast-US

NEW YORK, Oct 30 (Reuters) - BP <BP.N> <BP.L> executives were aware of problems with equipment well before an explosion at the company's Texas City, Texas, refinery in March 2005 killed 15 workers and injured 180 others, U.S. federal investigators said on Monday.

"The CSB's investigation shows that BP's global management was aware of problems with maintenance, spending, and infrastructure well before March 2005," said Carolyn W. Merritt, chairman of the Chemical Safety Board, in a press release.

"Unsafe and antiquated equipment designs were left in place, and unacceptable deficiencies in preventative maintenance were tolerated," she said.

The explosion at the Texas City refinery was the worst workplace accident in the United States in more than a decade.

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Binka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:23 AM
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1. Avarice Gone Wild
Edited on Mon Oct-30-06 10:24 AM by Binka
Oil Fuckers.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:24 AM
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2. On Bush's watch.
Ain't deregulation grand?
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:55 AM
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3. 60 Minutes did a piece on this last night
The look on the face of BP's CEO was truly priceless!
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kurth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:58 AM
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4. They just wanted to make a $1B profit instead of $999M
according to 60 Minutes last night.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:26 PM
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6. That's it exactly
BP isn't exactly hurting for ready cash (not that that's a reason for avoiding a cost of doing business), and 15 people paid with their lives for BP's greed. In the real world, someone who killed 15 people so they could make a buck would go to prison for the rest of his or her natural life. In Texas, that person would probably be executed. Will BP even be fined? And what's this "equal justice under law" nonsense I keep hearing about?
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NOLADEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:10 PM
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5. BP does not maintain its equipment here in America
Remember they are also in charge of the Alaskan pipeline that was leaking so catastrophically earlier this year they had to shut it down for weeks costing consumers worldwide billions in increased gasoline and related costs and inflation.

These companies are flush with cash and should be held to the highest standards of safety and environmental stewardship.
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