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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:10 PM
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BP plans to get rid of safety watchdog
Source: CNN

Washington (CNN) -- BP has been trying to shut down an internal safety watchdog agency it set up under congressional pressure four years ago, according to sources close to the office and a leading congressman.

The Ombudsman Program was set up after a 2005 explosion at a BP refinery in Texas that killed 15 workers and a massive oil spill in Alaska the following year. Its chief, former federal judge Stanley Sporkin, would not comment for this story -- but a source inside his office told CNN, "I'm surprised we're still here."

The Washington-based office was set up to hear BP workers' safety concerns after investigations into the Texas City refinery explosion raised questions about whether employees feared retaliation for speaking up. Since then, 112 employees have filed complaints, and 35 of them have dealt with "system integrity or safety issues" that the office says are extremely serious.

But sources close to the office say BP doesn't like having independent investigators pursuing those complaints. A union representative told CNN that some workers who complained have faced retaliation. Jeanne Pascal, a former lawyer for the Environmental Protection Agency, agreed.



Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/06/30/gulf.bp.ombudsman /




BP says no, not true. They love safety and whistleblowers.

article says : But Pascal, who spent 26 years prosecuting polluters for the EPA, has called BP a "serial environmental criminal." She said BP repeatedly violates environmental laws, scoffs at safety regulations and treats U.S. government safety and pollution control officials as a mere nuisance.

article also says that the first thing the new head of BP North America said was 'I'm going to replace the ombudsman. I'm going to shut her down,' " Stupak told CNN. "He wasn't even on the job for more than a few weeks, maybe a month or two, and he wanted to shut down the ombudsman.

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PJPhreak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 10:27 PM
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1. BP N.A. need to die a Horrible,Miserable,Death.
It needs to be cut to lotsa little pieces,Everything sold to pay for everything related to the GOM Disaster,ALL its North American Leases to be sold to Oil Co's with better Safety records,(I Know,I Know but there are better,safer outfits out there) and Bp needs to be prohibited from EVER doing Business in N.America again.

And the U.S.A.F. can buy their Jet fuel from some American based co.not one based in Great Britain!
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 11:37 PM
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2. BP execs need to be forced to sleep in boxes with all their dead porpoises, turtles and birds..
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TheMadMonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-30-10 11:45 PM
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3. NO! BP needs to be (agressively) made to toe the line.
Not even necessarily with fines. Just keep sending a nasty prick who walks into refineries and rigs, and shuts them down if he finds infractions.
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HCE SuiGeneris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 12:15 AM
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4. What will it take?
When is enough, enough?
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FBI_Un_Sub Donating Member (610 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 12:29 AM
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5. They got rid of their Alaska doc years ago.
Edited on Thu Jul-01-10 12:30 AM by FBI_Un_Sub
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-01-10 03:56 AM
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6. They're all the same, it's not just BP. BP got caught. Now they're under the microscope. nt
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dana_b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-02-10 03:53 PM
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8. it seems like that is the case
all of the oil companies had the exact same safety plan for dealing with an oil spill so they more than likely are as careless in other areas regarding safety. Shell, Exxon, Chevron, etc. are just "lucky", so far.
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-02-10 03:32 PM
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7. kick
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