BP Violations and Spills

The Center for Public Integrity has some damning info about BP’s track record:

Two refineries owned by oil giant BP account for 97 percent of all flagrant violations found in the refining industry by government safety inspectors over the past three years, a Center for Public Integrity analysis shows. Most of BP’s citations were classified as “egregious willful” by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and reflect alleged violations of a rule designed to prevent catastrophic events at refineries.

Below, we see the various fines and violations of BP of the past 3 years:

BP Violations, Proposed Penalites and Fines>

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Chart Comparing Penalties by Producer

Minerals Management Service also has a “Spilltracker” of sorts:

The MMS tracks spill incidents 1 barrel and greater in size of petroleum and other toxic substances resulting from Federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas activities. MMS has historically produced counts and summaries for spills greater than or equal to 50 barrels (2,100 gallons). The tables below provide counts for spills of 50 barrels or greater, by year and by OCS Region. The counts are linked to summaries describing the circumstances surrounding each spill of 50 barrels or greater for that Region that year. One barrel (bbl) equals 42 U.S. gallons.

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