British Petroleum is again in the news after the oil spill issue. This time they stand accused for the failure in the safety provisions in the North Sea. Months before the horrible environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, BP was cited by the Government of United Kingdom for failing to complete the safety training and emergency exercises mandatory for oil rigs.
UK safety regulators have reprimanded BP long before it caused the explosion that led to the oil spill. The Department of Energy and Climate Change, the UK Government body, also accused BP of the same. The UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said in a letter to BP that there was evidence of a culture among its contractors of working outside or against the procedures, permit or permit conditions.
The oil spill of 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico following the blowing up of an oil well of BP is considered as the worst one in the history of America. The disaster surpassed the Exxon Valdez spill of 1989.
The publication of the criticism comes as Tony Hayward, BP’s outgoing chief executive officer, prepares to appear before a UK parliamentary committee to discuss safety in the North Sea. Failing to comply with safety procedures and failing to conduct spill response drills add up to the nasty attitude of the company.