A Shocking Memo - Did BP Choose Profits over Safety?

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A shocking memo discovered by The Daily Beast shows that BP, in the Texas City explosion five years ago where 15 workers died and 170 were injured, put those workers who died into cheap portable trailers next door to highly explosive facilities purely to save money. This internal document, referring to its own analysis as The Three Little Pigs, shows how BP took deadly risks by choosing to save money by building cheaper housing for workers after comparing the cost of housing people in blast-resistant buildings versus the cheaper trailers. Did BP similarly cut corners in the Gulf explosion? Do they still consider their workers "little piggies" whose lives' are less valuable than corporate profits? Increasingly it is looking like BP is a criminal organized operation that has killed numerous human beings, and should itself be put to death - dissolved - and its top executives put in jail. Three executives from BP, Halliburton, and Transocean each blamed the other for the deaths of 11 men on the Deepwater Horizon in their testimony before congress, yet they all walked out of the room and off to their private jets to fly off to their private mansions - but if three people had robbed a gas station and 11 people had died because one of them accidentally exploded a gas pump, and each of the three blamed the other guy, do you really think three "average guy" criminals wouldn't be in prison right now? Our corporate limitations on liability need to be rewritten, and the entire idea that corporations are people but the people who run them are immune from criminal prosecution for the corporation's crimes needs to be blown up. Visit www.movetoamend.org now to help amend the Constitution and end corporate personhood!

Thom's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm


Henhenh. This is a trick question, yes?

BTW, how come the smilies don't work? In fact, how come images don't work?

Dusty's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm


Comes to mind

Roboute's picture
May. 7, 2010 4:23 pm

the only thing shocking would be if anyone is punished for this.

May. 26, 2010 8:21 am

Amen to the conclusion. Corporations with their armies of corporate lawyers have won Constitutional rights over and above both people and unions. With our Congress and courts packed with corporatists an amendment is not only necessary, it will serve as an organizing tool and a litmus test for the progressive/populist nature of candidates. This type of people power amendment will appeal to the Tea Party rank-and-file as well as the disenchanted left. Until the political power of corporations is at least weakened there will be no real progress on all the crucial issues: health care, campaign finance, perpetual war, energy independence and economic/energy sustainability.

LeMoyne's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Gambling at Rick's! Inconceivable, just like anything going wrong in ocean drilling.

You sir, are messing with the fundamental order of the universe, and you will be BP'd.

What have you got against the apocalypse anyway?

DRC's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

BP = Blatant Profiteers

It's been obvious from the explosion on April 20 that BP's only concern has been to capture some of the oil, not to stop it from gushing. BP will continue to choose profits over everything.

At this rate, the Gulf of Mexico will need to be renamed the BP Tar Pits.

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Mike in Illinois 8th
May. 23, 2010 6:11 pm

For poetry, I like the Gulf of Texaco. They are all one big gang after all. By any brand it is still the same game.

DRC's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

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