• BP is the largest oil and gas producer in the United States.
• BP has a legacy of questionable ethics, toxic emissions and disregard for ecologically sensitive areas when it comes to oil and gas exploration.
• BP was responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 that lasted for 87 days and spilled an estimated total of 4.9 million barrels of crude oil. The incident has been the largest oil spill in US controlled waters, replacing the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989 that spilled a mere 750,000 barrels of crude oil in comparison.
• BP is head of a coalition of oil and gas companies building the Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan pipeline across Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey; the project has been accused of causing widespread dislocation of residents without proper, and in some cases any, compensation and there have also been complaints of contaminated water supplies and landslides triggered by pipeline construction.
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-- Profile Updated 04/04/2011
BP was formed in 1998, after British Petroleum and Amoco merged, and soon afterwards bought the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO). The company is the largest oil and gas producer in the US, with proved reserves of 18.3 billion barrels of oil equivalent and processing 2.3 million barrels of crude oil daily. BP operates international oil exploration, refining and retailing operations, including over 28,500 gas stations worldwide (15,900 in the US). The company reported sales of over $245 billion in 2005 and employed 96,200 people.
BP/Amoco has been targeted for a boycott by ecopledge.com. The group is encouraging investors, consumers and students to boycott the company because of its refusal to support wilderness designation for the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and continue with its plans for oil drilling in the region. People signing onto ecopledge.com pledge not to work for, purchase products from, or invest in companies chosen by ecopledge.com if the companies fail to take specific, positive environmental actions identified by ecopledge.com researchers.
The Baku-Ceyhan Campaign, an international coalition of groups, is working to raise public awareness of the social problems, human rights abuses and environmental damage that is being caused by the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline, which runs through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. BTC Pipeline Company, a conglomeration of companies led and operated by BP, is the entity responsible for planning and constructing the pipeline. The Baku-Ceyhan Campaign criticizes the project for displacing residents, supporting oppressive regimes, and for endangering people and the environment by building in areas with frequent seismic activity.
Aethylen Rohrleitungs Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG - Duisburg, Germany
- AFC Aviation Fuel Company mbH - Hamburg, Germany
- Air BP Canada Limited - Mississauga, Canada
Air BP Canada Limited - Mississauga, Canada
- Amoco Argentina Oil Co. - Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Amoco Chemical Holding Co. - Chicago, IL
- Amoco Netherlands Petroleum Co. Inc. - Chicago, IL
- Amoco Norway Oil Company - Chicago, IL
- Aral AG - Bochum, Germany
- Aral Waerme Service GmbH - Gelsenkirchen, Germany
- Arco AM PM - San Bernardino, CA
- Atlantic Richfield Co. - Butte, MT
- Atlantic Richfield Company - Phoenix, AZ
- Atlantic Richfield Company - Plains, TX
- Atlantic Richfield Company Inc. - Carson, CA
- BP - Gardner, CO
- BP - Santa Fe Springs, CA
- BP - Wilburton, OK
- BP America Inc. - Naperville, IL
- BP America Production Co. (Branch) - Durango, CO
- BP America Production Co. (Branch) - Farmington, NM
- BP America Production Co. - Evanston, WY
- BP America Production Co. - Livonia, LA
- BP America Production Co. - Marshall, TX
- BP America Production Co. - Tulsa, OK
- BP America Production Co. - Ulysses, KS
- BP America Production Co. - Zachary, LA
- BP Amoco Chemical Co. - Houston, TX
- BP Amoco Chemical Company (Subsidiary) - Decatur, AL
- BP Amoco Chemical Company - Atlanta, GA
- BP Amoco Chemical Company - Clute, TX
- BP Amoco Chemical Company - Joliet, IL
- BP Amoco Chemical Company - Texas City, TX
- BP Australia Pty. Ltd. - Melbourne, Australia
- BP Belgium NV/SA - Brussels, Belgium
- BP Canada Energy Company - Calgary, Canada
- BP Chembel N.V. - Geel, Belgium
- BP Chemicals Inc. (Subsidiary) - Lima, OH
- BP Chemicals Inc. - Port Lavaca, TX
- BP Chemicals Inc. - Wando, SC
- BP Chemicals Ltd. - London, United Kingdom
- BP Chemicals, Inc. - Naperville, IL
- BP Corporation North America Inc. (Branch) - Port O Connor, TX
- BP Corporation North America Inc. - Blaine, WA
- BP Corporation North America Inc. - Houston, TX
- BP Corporation North America Inc. - Naperville, IL
- BP Corporation North America Inc. - Warrenville, IL
- BP Egypt - Cairo, Egypt
- BP Energy Co. - Burlington, MA
- BP Energy Company - Houston, TX
- BP Energy Company-Trinidad & Tobago - Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
- BP Espana S.A. - Madrid, Spain
- BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. - Anchorage, AK
- BP Exploration Company (Colombia) Ltd. - Bogota, Colombia
- BP Exploration Company Limited - London, United Kingdom
- BP Exploration Company Ltd. - Aberdeen, United Kingdom
- BP Fabrics & Chemicals Pty. Ltd. - Liverpool, Australia
- BP France SA - Cergy-Pontoise, France
- BP Fuels Deutschland GmbH - Hamburg, Germany
- BP Gas & Power North America - Boise, ID
- BP Gas & Power North America - Houston, TX
- BP Hong Kong Limited - Hong Kong, China (Hong Kong)
- BP International Ltd. - London, United Kingdom
- BP Japan KK - Tokyo, Japan
- BP Koln GmbH - Cologne, Germany
- BP Nederland Energie B.V. - Hague, Netherlands
- BP Norge AS - Stavanger, Norway
- BP Oil Company - Bethel, OH
- BP Oil Company - Oregon, OH
- BP Oil International Limited - London, United Kingdom
- BP Oil Pipeline Company - Cleveland, OH
- BP Oil Shipping Company USA (Branch) - Painesville, OH
- BP Oil Shipping Company USA - Columbus, OH
- BP Oil Shipping Company USA - Youngstown, OH
- BP Oil Shipping Company, USA - Cleveland, OH
- BP Oil Supply Company Inc. (Branch) - Toledo, OH
- BP Oil Supply Company Inc. - Chagrin Falls, OH
- BP Oil Supply Company Inc. - Cleveland, OH
- BP Oil Supply Company Inc. - Warrenville, IL
- BP Oman SAOG - Ruwi, Oman
- BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc. (Branch) - Cincinnati, OH
- BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc. (Subsidiary) - Anchorage, AK
- BP Pipelines North America Inc. (Branch) - Houma, LA
- BP Pipelines North America Inc. (Branch) - Manhattan, IL
- BP Pipelines North America Inc. (Branch) - Snyder, TX
- BP Pipelines North America Inc. (Subsidiary) - Warrenville, IL
- BP Pipelines North America Inc. - Lovington, NM
- BP Pipelines North America Inc. - Salisbury, MO
- BP Products North America Inc. (Branch) - Cheboygan, MI
- BP Products North America Inc. (Branch) - Indianapolis, IN
- BP Products North America Inc. (Branch) - Ottumwa, IA
- BP Products North America Inc. (Branch) - Richmond, VA
- BP Products North America Inc. (Subsidiary) - Naperville, IL
- BP Products North America Inc. - Berwyn, IL
- BP Products North America Inc. - Burlington, NC
- BP Products North America Inc. - Carteret, NJ
- BP Products North America Inc. - East Chicago, IN
- BP Products North America Inc. - Lansdale, PA
- BP Products North America Inc. - Miami, FL
- BP Products North America Inc. - River Rouge, MI
- BP Products North America Inc. - Rochelle, IL
- BP Products North America Inc. - Warrenville, IL
- BP Products North America Inc. - Whiting, IN
- BP Refining & Petrochemicals GmbH - Gelsenkirchen, Germany
- BP Solar (Branch) - Frederick, MD
- BP Southern Africa Pty Ltd. - Cape Town, South Africa
- BP West Coast Products (Branch) - Bloomington, CA
- BP West Coast Products LLC (Subsidiary) - La Palma, CA
- BP Western Region Office - La Palma, CA
- Burmah Castrol Plc - Swindon, United Kingdom
- Castrol (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Castrol (Switzerland) AG - Zurich, Switzerland
- Castrol (U.K.) Limited - Swindon, United Kingdom
- Castrol A/S - Copenhagen, Denmark
- Castrol AB - Stockholm, Sweden
- Castrol Australia Pty. Ltd. - Guildford, Australia
- Castrol Austria GmbH - Wiener Neudorf, Austria
- Castrol Brasil Limitada - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Castrol Canada Inc. - Toronto, Canada
- Castrol Caribbean & Central America - Doral, FL
- Castrol Chile SA - Santiago, Chile
- Castrol Consumer North America Inc. - Wayne, NJ
- Castrol del Peru SA - Lima, Peru
- Castrol Espana SA - Madrid, Spain
- Castrol France SA - Cergy, France
- Castrol France SA - Cergy-Pontoise, France
- Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricant (Branch) - Baltimore, MD
- Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricants (Branch) - Worcester, MA
- Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricants - Charlotte, NC
- Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricants - Lewisberry, PA
- Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricants - Warminster, PA
- Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricants - Westland, MI
- Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricants - Zelienople, PA
- Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricants Inc. - Baltimore, MD
- Castrol Hellas S.A. - Athens, Greece
- Castrol Indonesia - Jakarta, Indonesia
- Castrol Industrial North America - North Aurora, IL
- Castrol Industrial North America - Warminster, PA
- Castrol Industrial North America Inc. (Subsidiary) - Naperville, IL
- Castrol Ireland Ltd. - Dublin, Ireland
- Castrol Italiana SpA - Milan, Italy
- Castrol K.K. - Tokyo, Japan
- Castrol Korea Ltd. - Seoul, Korea (South)
- Castrol Ltd. - Swindon, United Kingdom
- Castrol Marine Oil GmbH - Hamburg, Germany
- Castrol Nederland B.V. - Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Castrol North America Auto (Branch) - Richmond, CA
- Castrol North America Auto - Port Allen, LA
- Castrol North America Inc. - Wayne, NJ
- Castrol NV Antwerp Works - Antwerp, Belgium
- Castrol NZ Ltd. - Auckland, New Zealand
- Castrol Overseas Ltd. - Swindon, United Kingdom
- Castrol Singapore Pte. Ltd. - Singapore, Singapore
- Castrol South Africa - Johannesburg, South Africa
- China American Petrochemical Co., Ltd. - Taipei, Taiwan
- Deutsche BP AG - Bochum, Germany
- Deutsche Castrol GmbH - Hamburg, Germany
- Deutsche Veedol Vetriebs GmbH - Hamburg, Germany
- Erdoel-Raffinerie-Emsland GmbH & Co. KG - Lingen, Germany
- Heizol-Handelsgesellschaft mbH - Bochum, Germany
- LubeCon Systems, Inc. (Subsidiary) - White Cloud, MI
- Lubricants UK Ltd - Swindon, United Kingdom
- Nord-West Oelleitung GmbH - Wilhelmshaven, Germany
- Nordic Lubricants AS - Oslo, Norway
- Optimol Oelwerke Industrie GmbH & Co. KG - Monchengladbach, Germany
- Prestige Stations Inc. (Subsidiary) - San Diego, CA
- Remet Corporation - Utica, NY
- Ruhr Oel GmbH - Gelsenkirchen, Germany
- Samsung Petrochemical Company Limited - Seoul, Korea (South)
- The Standard Oil Co. - Warrenville, IL
- The Standard Oil Company (Subsidiary) - Oregon, OH
- Unifrax Corporation (Branch) - Niagara Falls, NY
- Vastar Resources Inc. - Houston, TX
- Westport Technology Center International - Houston, TX
Warrenville, IL 60555 USA
Federal prosecutors are considering manslaughter charges against BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that released a total of 4.9 million barrels of crude oil and lasted 87 days; the initial rig explosion also killed 11 workers. Charging individuals for manslaughter involved in the incident is not typical but expected to have a significant deterrent effect, especially in environmental safety cases. BP has committed $20 billion to settle claims by those hurt by the oil spill and has already paid out $4 billion. However, BP stock fell 2.2 percent in London due to talk of the potential charges.
-- Business Week, 03/29/2011
BP was ranked the fourth “greenest” oil company out of the top 10 leading US oil corporations by Greenopia in 2011. Greenopia commends BP’s sustainability report as one of the best in thoroughness and transparency; BP has also been decreasing its emissions per unit of production and when compared to its volume of production, BP is one of the more efficient companies. However, BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill was arguably one of the worst man-made disasters of all time, especially as the catastrophe could have been avoided and BP was somewhat negligent in handling the situation.
-- Greenopia, 03/01/2011
In June 2010, Congress assessed the oil spill action plans of the five oil giants of the United States (Exxon-Mobil, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, Shell, BP). All of the plans were written by the same tiny Texas subcontractor and three of them listed the phone number for the same marine science expert who died in 2005. Four plans discussed the need to protect walruses, sea lions and seals, which, as Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) dryly noted, "have not called the Gulf of Mexico home for 3 million years." All five plans were over 500 pages long each yet used the same reassuring language, yet the House Energy and Commerce Chairman deemed these "cookie-cutter" plans as inadequate and that each of the oil giants would have been as unprepared as BP to a major oil spill such as the one in the gulf.
-- Washington Post, 06/16/2010
BP may face up to a fine of $4,300 for every barrel of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon spill of 2010. This raised fine is listed in the Clean Water Act for spills resulting from "gross negligence." At a very minimum, the basic fine according to the act is $1,100 per spilled.
-- Reuters, 05/26/2010
BP's PLC oil refinery in Texas City has been labeled the worst polluting plant in the U.S. Fifteen workers died there in an explosion in 2005, prompting questions about the accuracy of BP's toxic emissions reporting. The Texas City refinery's emissions increased three-fold from 2003 to 2004, accounting for a large portion of a 15 percent increase in 2004 refinery emissions nationwide. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found 300 safety and health violations at the same facility following an explosion in March 2005 that harmed 170 workers. According to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, BP ignored internal reports highlighting poor infrastructure and maintenance at the Texas City facility. The company escaped an OSHA fine and instead agreed to donate $32 million to colleges and hospitals including the University of Texas, Texas A&M, and the College of the Mainland.
-- Reuters, 11/09/2006
In late 2003, the World Bank and the British government announced they would provide funding for the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline project operated by a BP-led consortium. The pipeline project is designed to carry oil from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean and is one of the key projects approved by Tony Blair and George Bush to provide new sources of oil outside the Gulf. However, according the The Guardian the pipeline "runs across a highly volatile political region from Azerbaijan through Georgia and skirts Kurdish minority settlements in eastern Turkey...British-based human rights and environmental groups have been fighting the scheme, warning that the pipeline would reignite conflicts and increase global warming. There are also concerns about the dangers of oil spillages in the Turkish port of Ceyhan and concern that it runs through an earthquake zone. "
-- Guardian, 12/18/2003
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In June 2002, BP-Arco agreed to pay $45.8 million to settle alleged widespread underground gasoline storage tank violations. The settlement came after a two-year investigation that found BP-owned Atlantic Richfield Co. (Arco) failed to make required safety improvements at 59 service stations throughout California. According to the state Attorney General the company falsely certified that its underground fuel tanks and pipes had been leak-proofed. A BP spokeswoman said company officials acted in good faith. Arco is paying $25 million in direct civil penalties and to cover investigation and enforcement costs, and $20.8 million for improvements to its tanks.
-- Associated Press, 06/19/2002
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In February 2002, an appeals court ruled that BP and three other oil companies are responsible for the majority of the $100 million cleanup cost of the McColl Superfund site in Fullerton, California. The ruling overturned a previous decision that put onus of the clean-up costs on the US government. McColl was a dumpsite for spent aviation fuel and other oil byproducts during World War II era. The companies claimed the government was responsible for the clean up because the dumpsite contains an acid waste byproduct from a high-octane gas the companies produced during World War II for the U.S. military. However, the court noted the Superfund site contains other contaminates having nothing to do with the war. "The undisputed facts indicate that the oil companies ... dumped acid waste both before and after the war, that they dumped acid waste from operations other than Avgas production at the McColl site and that they were not compelled by the government to dump waste in any particular manner," Judge William A. Fletcher wrote. The companies said that they may ask the court to rehear the case or the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene.
-- Associated Press, 02/11/2002
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In July 2001, a crude oil spill at the BP-operated Prudhoe Bay field in Alaska released about 420 gallons of crude oil onto the tundra at the Eastern side of the field. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation said a corroded pipeline had erupted.
-- Financial Times, 07/26/2001
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In June 2001, BP Pipelines North America reached a settlement in which it agreed to pay $10 million in fines for a 1999 pipe break that led to a gasoline explosion and three deaths. The pipeline break released over 200,000 gallons of gas into a creek in Washington state and fueled a fireball that fatally burned two 10-year-olds. An 18-year-old fisherman died after fumes overcame him.
-- SFGate.com (San Francisco Chronicle), 06/19/2001
BP released its 2010 Sustainability Report in Spring 2011 yet slyly omitted information and statistics on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the largest oil spill in US history. The fine print states “Although there are several third-party estimates of the flow rate of total volume of oil spilled, we believe that no accurate determination can be made or reported until further information is collected and the analysis is completed.” This omission gives an illusion that 2010 was a “good” year for BP, suggesting that BP leaked twice the amount of oil in 2008 than it did in 2010, despite the incident in the gulf.
-- CBS Interactive Business Network, 04/01/2011
Ethics and Governance
Lawyers representing thousands of apartheid victims at an appeal hearing in New York will revive 2002 compensation claims against foreign multinationals they accuse of aiding and abetting apartheid violence. Implicated corporations include BP, Barclays, Hewlett-Packard, Credit Suisse, Coca-Cola, DaimlerChrysler, Ford and Shell Oil. The plaintiffs and some 29 civil society groups and individuals allege that companies that supported the apartheid state violated the Sullivan code and US's constructive engagement policy designed to fight discrimination. Violations involved such activities as providing the regime with armoured vehicles for patroling townships, and creating the pass book which non-whites were required to carry to authorize their passage in otherwise white areas.
-- Independent Online, 01/22/2006
A British high court found that BP has been purchasing oil from West Africa that was corruptly sold. Activists are calling for investigation into the secret shipment of £265m of oil from Congo-Brazzaville.
-- Guardian, 12/20/2005
Source URL: www.guardian.co.uk
BP was named the second worst Greenwasher in America in a 2005 report by The Green Life. Greenwashing encompasses deceptive image advertisement and misleading product labels, as well as improper applications of terms and a range of public relations tactics, including sponsorship of seemingly eco-friendly events.
Despite attempting to artificially align BP with the public’s vision of an ideal energy company: one that is progressing “beyond petroleum” to realize the promise of renewables, oil still comprises the majority of BP’s reserves. Additionally, its solar subsidiary, the world’s largest photovoltaic producer when BP acquired it in 1999, was eclipsed by three competitors within four years. Even as solar panels sold by BP in 2003 are expected to save 0.5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions over their lifetime, the company’s fossil-fuel products emitted 1,298 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2003 alone.
-- Green Life, 04/01/2005
BP/Amoco has admitted to giving bribes, or "facilitating payments" to officials in developing nations. Although not illegal under international law, the payments may be illegal under local laws. A BP spokesperson said the company generally made payments to prevent delays in transactions.
-- New York Times, 01/11/2001
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After a drawn-out appeals process, the Khulumani Support Group has won the right to have its case against more than 20 western companies heard in New York district court. The Khulumani Group originally brought suit in the name of thousands of survivors and victims of the South African apartheid regime, claiming in 2002 that not only had the accused companies profited from the apartheid system, but had been directly involved in propping up the regime. The New York Circuit Court of Appeal overturned a lower court ruling that dismissed the case, meaning that some of the most profitable companies in the world will have to confront allegations that they have been complicit in horrendous violations of human rights. Among the defendants are banking powerhouses Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase, automakers Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, oil companies BP, ExxonMobil, Shell Petroleum, Chevron and finally, technology giant IBM.
-- Khulumani Support Group, 10/13/2007
Source URL: www.khulumani.net/content/view/1637/23/
BP reached an agreement with roughly 1,000 Colombian farmers, who claimed the company’s Ocensa pipeline threatened their livelihoods. The pipeline was laid across key water sources, causing soil erosion, reduced crops and harvest, and hindered the locals' ability to mine for gold and fish in ponds. “My farm was everything to me," stated Colombian farmer Pedro Menayes, "the pipeline has taken away my pride, dignity and forced me into a life of poverty.” Although BP’s settlement amount has not been revealed, the farmers were demanding $28 million in compensation.
-- BBC News, 07/24/2006
Source URL: news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/5209586.stm
According to the Kurdish Human Rights Project (KHRP), villagers in Georgia claim that BP destroyed residential property and that company officials threatened violence against residents while constructing the Georgian section of its Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyan (BTC) oil pipeline.
Cited abuses by BP include the following:
- Failure to deliver a $1 million compensation package to villagers whose homes were collapsing due to landslides triggered by pipeline construction
- Remaining disputes over compensation for 30% of land parcels
- Contamination of water supplies, which has crippled the tourism industry in the village of Tsemi
- Permanent damage inflicted on 1st Century Atskuri Fortress and 11th Century "Mother of God" Convent heritage sites, caused by heavy construction vehicles.
BP launched the Georgia section of the BTC Pipeline on October 12, 2005.
-- Kurdish Human Rights Project, 12/10/2005
Source URL: www.khrp.org/news/pr2005/12-10-05.htm
Health and Safety
In early March 2006, BP workers discovered oil leaking from a major pipeline in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. According to BP, an estimated 201,000 gallons of crude spilled slowly over time from an almond-sized hole caused by corrosion. On August 6, 2006, another corroded oil transit pipeline in Prudhoe Bay sprang a leak, compelling BP to shut down its Prudhoe Bay oil field operations indefinitely. The oil field produces nearly 2.6 percent of the US daily oil supply. Stacey Gerard, US Department of Transportation’s associate administrator for pipeline safety, stated: "I continue to find that the presence of hazardous conditions on the specified pipelines. Without the implementation of corrective measures, [this] would result in likely serious harm to life, property or the environment." BP has come under criticism from federal pipeline regulators and members of Congress for its admitted failure to regularly clean and test oil pipelines for corrosion. A series of congressional hearings concerning the March spill will begin in September 2006.
-- Anchorage Daily News, 09/03/2006
Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron and BP, as well as a handful of other exploration and pipeline companies are being charged in a class-action lawsuit filed weeks after Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of southern Louisiana. The class-action case faults oil and exploration companies for heightening the level of ruin caused by the hurricane. Plaintiffs claim that in efforts to uncover oil and natural gas, these companies indiscriminately and irresponsibly dredged the coastal wetlands of Louisiana, which serve as a critical natural buffer against storm surges and flooding. The case was filed on behalf of all Hurricane Katrina survivors. The lawsuit was initially rejected by a district court when it was first filed in 2005 but in 2010, several federal appeals court judges agreed that the case could be heard, eventually agreeing to set a hearing date and decide whether the case can progress by the end of the year.
-- AFX News Limited, 09/23/2005
In December 2003 Alaska regulators proposed BP pay a $2.5 million fine for a 2002 well explosion at its Prudhoe Bay operations that critically injured a field worker. Results of an investigative report by the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission allege that the company violated state regulations requiring safe and sound oil field operations. According to the Anchorage Daily News, the report suggests that BP "tolerated wells with dangerously high pressure levels for more than a year, and seemed to emphasize oil production rather than shutting down and fixing faulty wells." The company denied the allegations saying, ""Our policy is that safety is always paramount to production. Any employer or contractor has the duty and the expectation to shut down a job that they deem unsafe."
BP previously already paid a $6,300 fine imposed by the Alaska Occupational Safety and Health office over the accident. Following the accident, the company initiated new safety measures, including more training and stricter procedures for monitoring problem wells at start-up. (See related Alert item.)
-- Anchorage Daily News, 12/13/2003
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