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September 19, 2021

Voices from the Flats – Credibility of Oil Spill Commission Seriously in Doubt

BP didn’t cut safety corners to save money in Gulf – Say what? By Rick Steiner, professor, marine consultant With the ludicrous assertion this week by the presidential Oil Spill Commission that BP did not cut corners on safety to save money on their failed Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, the credibility of the Commission is seriously in doubt.   The counsel for the Commission, Fred Bartlit, stated that: “We see no instance where a decision-making person or group of people sat there aware of safety risks, aware of costs, and opted to give up safety for costs.”  He…

Employees Say BP’s Ombudsman’s Office Neglected Their Safety, Retaliation Concerns

By Jason Leopold [Jason Leopold is the Deputy Managing Editor at Truthout where this article is cross-posted. He is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller, News Junkie, a memoir. Visit newsjunkiebook.com for a preview. ] Over the past year, BP’s office of the ombudsman has been presented with dozens of safety concerns and evidence that would appear to support claims of widespread retaliation against employees who work for Acuren, one of the beleaguered oil company’s contractors on Alaska’s North Slope. But the watchdog has failed to investigate the allegations and in some instances has prematurely closed cases without conducting a thorough…