BP knew about disaster risk in Texas City and did nothing


Texas City refinery disaster, 2005From British weekly The Observer:

Leak shows BP knew of Texas risk

Board was told of link between spending cuts and poor maintenance at oil refinery years before blast

Oliver Morgan, industrial editor

Sunday March 18, 2007

BP board directors were made aware of the link between spending cuts and poor maintenance at its Texas City refinery two-and-a-half years before the fatal explosion at the site in March 2005, according to documents seen by The Observer

An internal presentation made to John Manzoni, chief executive for refining and marketing, in November 2003 links the ‘history of reduced investment’ at the Texas City refinery with ‘poor maintenance practices’.

It also makes clear that the refinery’s performance on safety, integrity and maintenance, was weak.

See also here.

BP North Sea safety concerns: here.

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