While everybody's focus has been on the Gulf oil gusher MSM missed another example of BP's brash greed and ignoring safety when our Alaska pipeline sprung a leak dumping 100,000 gallons on the environment. The pipeline is co-owned by BP although it does not have BP's name on it.
On Tuesday, Pump Station 9, at Delta Junction on the 800-mile pipeline, busted. Thousands of barrels began spewing an explosive cocktail of hydrocarbons after "procedures weren't properly implemented" by BP operators, say state inspectors. "Procedures weren't properly implemented" is, it seems, BP's company motto.
In digging into this story I find that anyone who worked for BP was encouraged to gloss over any safety measures and anyone bringing up safety violations was given a nice bonus then transfered to another BP facility in another part of the country on the condition they not speak of the violations. If that was not acceptable to the whistle blower the company would investigate the employee's background in an effort to smear their credibility or find any dirt that could be used against them. Nothing like bribery and blackmail as a business model.
The issue with BP is process safety. Something they have ignored time and time again. This is the third incident starting with the Texas City refinery fire in 2005 that killed 15 workers.
If BP designed cars!
I had a bit more to this post but this connection is running as slow as dial up tonight.
Keep your drums upright.