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Killed Transocean oil worker was fiercely concerned about BP safety standards

At least one of the eleven men that died in the initial explosion that triggered a disaster in the Gulf expressed concerns about safety practices on the oil rig. Transocean toolpusher Jason Anderson told his wife, Shelly, that he was concerned about BP’s safety practices on the rig. Anderson was…

Top BP official on oil rig takes the fifth; another says too sick to testify

After reports that a BP “company man” overruled workers for the oil rig company Transocean on a key safety procedure prior to an explosion which set the rig aflame and sinking into the Gulf of Mexico, a senior BP official that was on the rig when it exploded has told…

What spill? Rig owner approves $1 billion dividend to shareholders

Five days after appearing before Congress to testify about its responsibility in one of the worst oil spills in US history, the Swiss company that owned and operated the oil rig that sunk into the Gulf of Mexico announced that it would shell out $1 billion in dividends to shareholders.…

Protesters chant ‘BP kills’ at oil spill hearing

At Congressional hearing, US senator likens oil spill to Titanic, Three Mile Island, and the ‘loss of the Challenger’ WASHINGTON (AFP) – Protesters called out “BP kills” and waved signs denouncing the British energy giant Tuesday as the US Congress opened its first hearing into the catastrophic oil spill in…

Blazing oil rig sinks into Gulf of Mexico on Earth Day

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – A blazing oil rig sank Thursday into the Gulf of Mexico sparking fears of an environmental disaster almost two days after a massive blast that left 11 workers missing. Oil fires had been raging on the Deepwater Horizon rig for more than 36 hours since…

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