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(en) Britain, March issue of Freedom* - BP FACES TRIAL FOR OIL SPILL

Date Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:29:47 +0300


Almost two years after the oil rig explosion off the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 workers and spewed nearly five million barrels of oil into the sea, British Petroleum (BP) will face a civil lawsuit in New Orleans. The non-jury trial will be divided into three phases, the first of which was to begin in late February. ---- But the trial already looks like it is designed to shield BP and other corporate offenders such as Halliburton Co. who produced parts of the rig, from the full consequences of their actions. For instance, the judge has ruled that previous BP industrial accidents will not be considered as evidence in the current phase of the trial. In one of these accidents – the Texas City refinery explosion in 2005 – fifteen people died.

The oil spill has polluted coastal areas of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi etc and, according to the locals, the sludge is moving inland. BP had set up a compensation fund of its own of $20bn for claimants who run to nearly a million people. So far only around $5bn have been paid out. Meanwhile, workers cleaning up sludge have been complaining of several health problems, including respiratory ailments. At the moment it is only the American national health department that seems even remotely interested in the plight of those workers.

The April issue of Freedom features a more thorough analysis of the incident, all the players involved, the impact on the environment and the politics of the trial as it enfolds.
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* Anarchist journal
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