BP said chance of catastrophic accident 'unlikely'

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BP said chance of catastrophic accident 'unlikely'

Postby HVPA_research » Tue May 04, 2010 12:59 pm

Here is a quote from a MSN article "BP said chance of catastrophic accident 'unlikely'" about the recent well blowout in Louisiana.
Documents: BP didn't plan for major spill
Oil company said chance of catastrophic accident 'unlikely'
The Associated Press, updated 6:33 p.m. PT, Fri., April 30, 2010
The article has been since pulled down from the web.

MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER - British Petroleum downplayed the possibility of a catastrophic accident at an offshore rig that exploded, causing the worst U.S. spill in decades along the Gulf coast and endangering shoreline habitat, documents suggest.

In the 52-page exploration plan and environmental impact analysis, BP repeatedly suggested it was unlikely, or virtually impossible, for an accident to occur that would lead to a giant crude oil spill and serious damage to beaches, fish, mammals and fisheries.

BP's plan filed with the federal Minerals Management Service for the Deepwater Horizon well, dated February 2009, says repeatedly that it was "unlikely that an accidental surface or subsurface oil spill would occur from the proposed activities."

And while the company conceded that a spill would "cause impacts" to beaches, wildlife refuges and wilderness areas, it argued that "due to the distance to shore (48 miles) and the response capabilities that would be implemented, no significant adverse impacts are expected."


However, this article, is still available and confirms the previous article observations.
BP suggested in a 2009 exploration plan and environmental impact analysis for the well that an accident leading to a giant crude oil spill — and serious damage to beaches, fish and mammals — was unlikely, or virtually impossible.


The most interesting information in these articles is that British Petroleum did not have contingency plans for a major disaster, that occurred last week, because they considered such a situation unlikely. Closer to home, how many times we have heard from the Australian coal seam gas companies that they are "unlikely" to contaminate our aquifers?
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