I’ve posted a new article at BPOilNews.com about BP’s history of lawsuits, fines and criminal convictions for oil spills and other safety and environmental violations. I was surprised to discover just how bad BP’s record actually is. Here are the first two paragraphs:
By now weâ€™re all familiar with the latest national environmental crisis. An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon, a BP offshore oil drilling rig, caused the deaths of 11 workers, injured 7 more, and left an oil spill the size of Rhode Island drifting inexorably toward the Gulf Coast. But this isnâ€™t the first time that BP has been responsible for an environmental crisis, or the first time that theyâ€™ve attempted to change the narrative when accused of environmental malfeasance.
The initials BP originally stood for â€œBritish Petroleum,â€ but you wouldnâ€™t know it in recent years. In an interesting example of â€œbackronyming,â€ in 2000 the oil giant began labeling itself â€œBeyond Petroleum.â€ This slogan, found plastered on ads in national publications and on television, was soon reinforced when the company, according to Multinational Monitorâ€™s The 10 Worst Corporations of 2005 report, announced â€œthat it expects to spend as much as $8 billion in alternative-energy projects, including solar, wind, hydrogen and carbon-abatement technology, over 10 years.â€ Just how serious is an $8 billion commitment from BP? Given the fact that BP reported a profit of more than $6 billion in the first quarter of 2010, itâ€™s merely four monthsâ€™ profit.