Thursday, August 05, 2010

Employees Sue over BP's Egregious Toxic Releases

BP employees sued the company over toxic releases at the Texas City refinery in April and May of 2010. The plaintiffs are asking for $10 billion. BP claims the suit has no merit. Their assertion is called into question by a report from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

The commission found the toxic release at the Texas City facility, the nation's third-largest refinery, began April 6, days before the Deepwater Horizon blew up, and ended May 22 — more than a month after the company was saddled with cleaning up with the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

"Based on a review of the incidents that occurred during the past year, there appears to be a pattern of poor operation and maintenance practices," the TCEQ investigation concluded.

First Lord John Browne, then Tony Hayward and now Robert Dudley. As Dudley trained under the two safety skimpers, I expect little change. How much can they profitably get away with?

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