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BP is No Stranger to Safety Issues

BP, which was previously referred to as British Petroleum Company, has come under a lot of scrutiny following the Gulf of Mexico rig explosion, and for good reason. This particular incident is not the first time BP has had problems with safety.

BP is the third largest energy company and employs more than 80,000 people. It operates in over 100 countries across the globe, making it one of the largest companies in the world. At the time of the rig explosion, BP was drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico and had contracted with Transocean to use the Deepwater Horizon.

While it's hard to argue with the fact that offshore drilling is dangerous, BP seems to have a worse track record than other oil companies. It has been reported that BP has an inferior health, environment and safety record when compared to many of the other major oil companies.

BP has already had issues with safety before this tragic accident, which claimed the lives of numerous workers and resulted in a massive oil spill. Some of these incidents include the following:

  • The Texas City explosion in 2005, which claimed the lives of 15 workers. Apparently, a fuel tower was powered up without following the correct procedures.
  • In 2006, BP found itself involved in another event when an Alaskan pipeline caused a spill. Supposedly, that event occurred only four years after BP had been warned about corroded pipelines.
  • There have been reports that between 2008 and November 2009, three BP gas and oil pipelines in Alaska ruptured or clogged, which created an explosion risk.

While most people would look at BP's safety record and notice a trend, the company says there isn't one.

Conflicting Stories Followed the Gulf of Mexico Rig Explosion
According to, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., told the House Energy and Commerce Committee that BP officials had provided conflicting stories about what happened after an oil well did not pass a negative pressure test, just hours prior to the rig explosion.

"This confusion among BP officials appears to echo confusion on the rig," said Waxman. "Information reviewed by the committee describes an internal debate between Transocean and BP personnel about how to proceed."

Congressional investigators have stated that the blowout preventer, an important safety device used in the rig, had a hydraulic leak and other issues that probably prevented it from working. The investigators' testimony also showed that "company managers decided to press ahead with finishing work on the Deepwater Horizon well despite some tests suggesting that highly combustible gas may have seeped into it," according to the Wall Street Journal.

It is important to remember that even though BP doesn't have a great safety record, it is still early and the investigation needs to run its course. Our maritime attorneys will continue to closely monitoring the details of the investigation and this tragic accident.

If you were injured on the Deepwater Horizon, we have an informational report that will answer many of your questions. The report, Answers to the Most Common Questions About the Transocean Rig Explosion, is free. You can also call our office to speak with a board certified maritime attorney at (877) 724-7800.


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