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UK government report reveals deteriorating offshore oil safety

The United Kingdom’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned the nation’s offshore oil and gas industry about its safety record after the latest statistics revealed significant increases in serious injuries and unexpected hydrocarbon releases. The announcement reflects an ongoing trend in the UK and the United States, interpreted by many critics as a worsening state of safety and environmental protections. London, England-based BP (British Petroleum) catapulted the safety of offshore oil rigs to the world’s attention after its Deepwater Horizon platform exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico last April, killing 11 workers and creating the largest known ... Read More

BP partner says it won't contribute to oil spill cleanup costs

Andarko Petroleum Corp., one of the world’s largest independent oil exploration and production companies, says that it is not going to contribute anything toward the cleanup and containment of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, despite federal law, because it’s all BP’s fault. Andarko is 25 percent partner in BP’s mile-deep Macondo well where the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank in April, but the company says that BP is on its own in footing the cleanup bill, which this week topped $2 billion. On Friday, Anadarko Chairman and Chief Executive Jim Hackett said “BP’s behavior and actions ... Read More

BP developed precise oil flow measuring technology years ago

Kate Sheppard, a Washington-based journalist who covers energy and environmental politics in Mother Jones’ Washington bureau, recently came across an August 2008 article in BP’s magazine Frontiers in which the company boasts of its cutting-edge technological abilities to measure oil flow. The lengthy feature is called “Listening to the Flow.” It details the oil giant’s expertise in sonar-based flow metering, which uses sonar sensors placed inside a pipe to precisely measure the flow of oil. In the article, BP said that the technology was “proving its worth in the company’s operations around the world,” and with it, the company “has ... Read More

OSHA provides training and guides for oil-spill workers

For more than 6 weeks, many residents of the Gulf Coast have become impromptu BP employees, cleaning up a toxic oil spill that threatens to ruin their communities and their livelihoods. Because most of the cleanup workers are not intimately familiar with the dangers of crude oil, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created a safety guide and fact sheet, which it is distributing by the thousands to workers throughout the Gulf Coast. Before workers are set out in the Gulf to deal with the oil spill, they must undergo OSHA-required training. The safety guides and fact ... Read More

BP orchestrated disastrous Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup

BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been compared to the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska’s Prince William Sound ever since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank to the bottom in April. Additionally, BP’s cleanup and containment efforts in the Gulf have invited comparisons to the botched cleanup efforts in Alaska 20 years ago, which, as it turns out, weren’t managed by Exxon at all, but by BP. When the Exxon Valdez deviated from its shipping course and hit a reef, the ship was working under an Alaskan oil industry consortium called Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. BP owned ... Read More

Satellite images reveal another Gulf oil spill

BP isn’t the only oil company currently spilling crude oil into the Gulf from defective wells and broken riser pipes, satellite images reveal. An offshore rig named the Ocean Saratoga has been spewing oil into the water since at least April 30, according to federal documents. The rig, which is situated about 40 miles from the Deepwater Horizon site, is owned by Diamond Offshore and leased to Taylor Energy Company. An organization called Skytruth, which uses satellite images to document environmental destruction, has published images of what it believes to be one but possibly two oil leaks in the vicinity ... Read More

BP explosion exposes antiquated laws and limits

Members of Congress are working to repeal the Death on the High Seas Act of 1920 (commonly referred to as DOSHA), an antiquated law that sets limits on the damages that family members and other dependents can collect in the wake of a deadly offshore incident. The push to repeal the law is being driven by Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and other members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who have conducted hearings on BP’s April 20 rig explosion that killed 11 workers and created an uncontrollable oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In the hearings, the wives ... Read More

Currents likely to carry oil up east coast, into atlantic

Carried by water currents, BP’s giant oil slick could hit the U.S. east coast in a few weeks and spread out across thousands of miles of Atlantic ocean, according to government scientists monitoring the spill. The government’s oil spill trajectory shows the slick traveling down Florida’s Gulf coast and around the state’s southern tip, where it enters the rapid Gulf Stream. It then mucks the eastern shoreline all the way to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina before veering east into the open Atlantic. Researchers based the model on the behavior of dye, rather than oil, in the water, but believe the ... Read More

Some families of sick fishermen speak out, risk losing BP pay

Louisiana shrimpers and fishermen, now turned BP employees, are starting to break their silence about the health problems they have been experiencing ever since the Deepwater Horizon well began spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Kindra Arnesen, the wife of a shrimper and mother of two young children, told CNN that her husband has been seriously ill since April 29, when he and several other shrimpers suddenly fell sick after a Gulf breeze encompassed them with overwhelming vapors. Like most other fishermen in Louisiana, Arnesen’s husband, David, lost his fishing grounds to the oil spill. To ... Read More

3 signs the Government is still in bed with BP

As the disaster in the Gulf has played out over the last 47 days, it has become painfully obvious just how much control big business has over our federal government. BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates during the past 20 years. Obama has received a total of $77,051 from the oil giant and is the top recipient of BP money in the past 20 years, according to financial disclosure records. On top of that, the oil giant has spent millions each year on lobbying — including $15.9 million last year alone — as ... Read More