Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Whisteblower Claims BP Atlantis Oil Platform Unsafe

Whistleblower: BP Oil Platform Present, Imminent Danger By David Hammer, The Times-Picayune 19 March 12

[excerpted] "A whistleblower is alleging for the first time in a yearslong lawsuit against BP that its massive Atlantis oil platform operation off the Louisiana coast faces present and imminent danger...

He reported to a BP ombudsman in 2009 that the rig didn't maintain required "as-built" drawings of the systems and structures on the rig. 

The ombudsman, retired federal Judge Stanley Sporkin, later substantiated Abbott's complaints. Abbott filed suit against BP, contending the lack of drawings made operations unsafe, and against the former U.S. regulatory agency, Minerals Management Service, for failing to enforce its regulations...."

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