Saturday, August 14, 2010

BP's Risk Management Machine

BP claims it has no responsibility for a subcontractor's hiring of a sex offender and his subsequent crime. Rundy Charles Robertson, a registered sex offender, worked as a supervisor. He raped an employee, one who wasn't feeling well.

BP hired Miller Environmental Group for the cleanup operation who then hired Aerotek to seek out employees. The supervisor worked for Miller Environmental Group, while under contract to BP.

BP's legal army offered the following:

BP spokesman Robert Wine told CNN, "The requirement on sub-contractors to BP's contractors is one further step beyond BP's scope of control," and Aerotek representative Jeff Reichart said, "We are not liable for anything that happens," claiming Miller Environmental Group did not require them to conduct background checks. Miller Environmental Group did not immediately respond to CNN.

It rings like BP, Halliburton, Transocean and Cameron after the Deepwater Horizon blowout. No one is responsible for anything. Accountability is buried in a maze of legal documents between contractors and subcontractors.

Meanwhile, the victim is laid off and unemployed. She joins legions seeking justice in BP's great rape of the Gulf of Mexico.

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