Friday, June 11, 2010

BP and the current oil leak

The crew of the drill rig Deepwater Horizon may have been overworked and short of key personnel before the explosion that unleashed the worst oil spill in U.S. history, a leading Democratic congressman suggested Tuesday. Payroll records show that 20 crewmen -- including seven of the 11 who died on the rig -- had worked a 24-hour shift six days before the explosion.

So it does look, for this and other reasons, as if Transocean, the drilling contractor, was to blame and not the frequently criticised BP.

IMO: So the Americans are now making their own people work like Chinese cocklepickers. And by putting the blame on BP and trying to penalise them by forcing them to pay no dividend, they are trying to make UK pensioners, who sometimes normally barely survive by living off their BP dividends, die like the Dow Chemical Bhopal victims. At least India tried to get Warren Anderson back to face trial. I wonder if the UK  will eventually have to get Barack Obama extradited for a murder trial of thousands of pensioners - if the US ever agrees an honest extradition treaty.

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