For Immediate Release
US Should Follow UK’s Lead to Increase Oversight of Offshore Oil Operations
Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter
WASHINGTON - “Today, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne
announced the UK would double the number of inspections it makes to
offshore oil rigs, while also increasing the number of personnel tasked
to those duties. Food & Water Watch applauds the UK’s move to
protect its waters and coastal communities from the oil industry’s
sometimes reckless indifference to environmental and consumer safety.
“Yesterday, Food & Water Watch called on the British government
to immediately investigate the five deepwater platforms operated by BP
in the North Sea and the North Atlantic. Even before the Horizon
accident in the Gulf of Mexico, BP maintained a troubled safety record
in the United States. In addition to 2005’s Texas City refinery
explosion that killed 15 workers and injured more than 170, BP has been
subject to at least $142.8 million in fines and penalties for workplace
“BP also continues to operate the Atlantis platform, despite the fact
that it lacks critical engineer-approved documents necessary to
ensuring its safety. Food & Water Watch has called on the U.S.
Department of the Interior to halt production on the Atlantis platform
until these documents are produced.
“The U.S. should take the UK’s move to step up its inspection of
offshore oil rigs as a cue to intensify its own scrutiny of BP and the
entire oil drilling industry’s operations in the Gulf of Mexico and
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