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  2. Wednesday 14th December 2016

    posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

    A SERIOUS incident at BP’s chemical plant in Hull, which was never made public, could have been lethal, according to a leaked internal report.

    The document, received by environmental campaigners at Greenpeace, says that BP’s handling of information may be increasing the risk of major accidents at the oil giant’s plants across the world.

    The near-miss at the chemical plant in Hull was serious enough to be considered of “high potential.” Another incident there, which involved a failure to operate a piece of equipment properly, cost the firm more than £27 million.

    BP established Saltend Chemical Park in 2009. The 370-acre site is located on the banks of the Humber just a few hundred yards from people’s homes.

    The list of failures highlighted in the report ranges from missing blueprints to crucial anti-blowout devices being wrongly installed.

    It states that, in recent years, these have resulted in “repeated near-misses” and at least one serious incident at a major refinery in the United States where an entire unit’s oil contents were accidentally flared.

    The report warns that systems designed to prevent problems are so weak there is a real risk of leaks or vapour cloud explosions and that the problem “requires urgent attention.”

    Greenpeace UK’s senior climate adviser Charlie Kronick said: “Nearly seven years have passed since the Deepwater Horizon disaster and BP’s sloppy approach to a crucial aspect of safety hasn’t changed.

    “The same happy-go-lucky attitude that played a role in major accidents in the past is seemingly still reflected in the management of safety information across the oil giant’s operations from rig to refinery.

    “For a company that’s been trying to drill in some of the world’s most fragile environments this is completely unacceptable.”

    Greenpeace said that, when contacted, BP would not confirm if and how the concerns in the report had been acted on.



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