Monday, June 21, 2010

CSB to Investigate BP

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board will investigate BP's Deepwater Horizon blowout. This comes after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar bailed on President Obama's charge for a 30 day review of the incident.

The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) investigated BP's Texas City Refinery explosion, which killed 15 workers in March 2005. The CSB spent $2.5 million studying the refinery explosion. Their report excoriated BP's inattention to safety and obsession with cost cutting.

The CSB released its report in March 2007. BP CEO Lord Browne was deposed in April 2008 in a civil lawsuit. Browne testified he never spoke to any investigative group regarding the Texas City refinery explosion. Surely, the CSB, Justice Department or OSHA would want to talk to the man in charge at the time of the incident? Apparently not, according to Lord John.

The CSB letter to Rep. Waxman and Stupak can be seen here.

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