Thursday, June 3, 2010

Who to be furious with? The company or the government?

A rant against the horror of the oil 'accident' in the Gulf of Mexico.....bits and pieces gathered from the Internet:

Mother Jones named BP as one of the 10 worst companies in both 2001 and 2005 based on environmental and human rights records. In 1991 it was cited as the most polluting company in the USA.

It is the hundredth largest political contributor in the US having contributed more than $5 million to both Republicans and Democrats since 1991and the company has lobbied to be exempt from US corporate law reforms.

Historical issues associated with BP include, but are not limited to:

1993 - 1995 Hazardous Substance Dumping
2005 Texas City Refinery Explosion
2006 - 2007 Prudhoe Bay
2006 - 2008 Texas City refinary fatalities
2007 Propane Gas price manipulations
2008 Oil price manipulations
2009 North Sea helicopter accident
2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Baku - Tbilisi - Ceyhan pipeline
Columbian pipeline
Mist Mountain project
Canadian oil sands
Refinery safety violations

Some of the names of the companies that BP owns and runs in the US:

BP
Castrol
Arco
AMPM

1 comment:

MLJ1954 said...

Fortunately, we have many choices as to where to purchase our gas. While I understand that the people that work there and own the franchises are local, I cannot in my mind justify giving them any more money. Especially since I have a choice. Interestingly enough, I do believe some of the local BPs are looking around and seeing a loss in sales. Twice this week I drove past stations that had prices that were .05 to .10 lower than the competitor across the street.