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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-20-12 12:59 PM
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"BP Covered Up Blow-out Two Years Prior to Deadly Deepwater Horizon Spill "/ Greg Palast
BP Covered Up Blow-out Two Years Prior to Deadly Deepwater Horizon Spill

By Greg Palast

Two years before the Deepwater Horizon blow-out in the Gulf of Mexico, another BP off-shore rig suffered a nearly identical blow-out, but BP concealed the first one from the U.S. regulators and Congress.

This week, located an eyewitness with devastating new information about the Caspian Sea oil-rig blow-out which BP had concealed from government and the industry.

The witness, whose story is backed up by rig workers who were evacuated from BPs Caspian platform, said that had BP revealed the full story as required by industry practice, the eleven Gulf of Mexico workers could have had a chance of survival. But BPs insistence on using methods proven faulty sealed their fate.

One cause of the blow-outs was the same in both cases: the use of a money-saving techniqueplugging holes with quick-dry cement.

By hiding the disastrous failure of its penny-pinching cement process in 2008, BP was able to continue to use the dangerous methods in the Gulf of Mexicocausing the worst oil spill in U.S. history. April 20 marks the second anniversary of the Gulf oil disaster.

There were several failures in common to the two incidents identified by the eyewitness. He is an industry insider whose identity and expertise we have confirmed. His name and that of other witnesses we contacted must be withheld for their safety.

The failures revolve around the use of quick-dry cement, the uselessness of blow-out preventers, mayhem in evacuation procedures and an atmosphere of fear which prevents workers from blowing the whistle on safety problems.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., president of Waterkeeper Alliance and senior attorney for Natural Resources Defense Council, said, We have laws that make it illegal to hide this kind of information. At the very least, these are lies by omission. When you juxtapose their knowledge of this incident upon the oil companies constant and persistent assurances of safety to regulators, investigators and shareholders, you have all the elements to prove that their concealment of the information was criminal.

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NCarolinawoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-20-12 02:07 PM
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1. Will some "politician please channel Teddy Roosevelt.
Teddy Roosevelt--fearless champion of the environment and hated what the big corporations were doing. Teddy and his cousin Franklin knew how to wield power.

T. Roosevelt's background was as a crusading prosecutor. Someday, maybe an Attorney General of his ilk or that of Bobby Kennedy's, will make his/her mark in the Democratic party, rise to power, and go after the bastards...I hope, I hope....
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-22-12 07:32 AM
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2. Maybe, but T Roosevelt got dumped by his own Party and Bobby got shot.
Those are a couple of big disincentives, especially the assassination one.
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