See The Show BP Would Rather Blot Out With Black Gook

Catch the FRONTLINE doc on the BP Gulf spill on PBS tonight. A newly released excerpt shows how the oil giant behaved in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, pushing aging infrastructure that was supposed to only last until 1987 for years past its limits.

“They base everything on a risk,” says one pipe inspector who saw the amount of pipes they were allotted time to check out drastically drop as BP ran the show. “How far can we go before we lose a life, or how many lives can we afford to lose before we have to deal with this?”

Recently BP’s new CEO Robert Dudley declined to speak before a House committee investigating the Gulf spill. “As I am sure you can imagine,” he wrote to the committee, “I have an enormous amount of work to do transitioning into this role and am very focused on ensuring the right decisions are made for the future of the company and the safety of our workforce.”

The doc airs at 9pm eastern. Check your local listings.



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  1. Zowzers says:


  2. Nighthawke says:

    There goes BP’s stock again, sheesh!

    • AGunn says:

      I hope so.

      What’s this, your stock tanked because of a documentary, but you’re still making money hand over fist and plan to do so until the wells are dry?

      That’s what I call a buying opportunity.

      • Nighthawke says:

        Not unless London or the Dow threatens to delist them or throws them into the penny stock listings. Then you can jack with them all you want to without losing much.

    • FrugalFreak says:

      let it free fall! Screw them

  3. obits3 says:

    “How far can we go before we lose a life, or how many lives can we afford to lose before we have to deal with this?”

    and boom goes the dynamite…

    • Platypi {Redacted} says:

      This sounds kind of familiar:
      “A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 mph. The rear differential locks up. The car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside. Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don’t do one.”

      And a more recognizable quote from this movie: “The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.”

      • obits3 says:

        Yay, now I feel like I am watching those movie trivia slide shows that you see before the previews ;)

        Speaking of recalls and movies, I can’t wait for:

        Speed 3 – Unintended Acceleration

  4. Nancy Pinkerpeach says:

    BP approves an attack strategy on Exxon, Shell and Chevron and plans to use the BPCares websites to promote its online PR campaign.
    This decision was unanimously agreed upon in conjunction with the BPAMA at their recently concluded meeting. The BPAMA marketers were concerned about BP’s long term commitment to the partnership. BP pointed out to the BPAMA members that they will not be abandoned; rather… they will receive the full support from BP’s marketing machine to crush the competitors like Exxon, Shell and Chevron.
    BP will use its bevy of various BPCares websites (said one of the Marketing Managers) to target specific markets in the US and around the world; “We will punish Exxon, Shell and Chevron… its War and its personal”. The domains that BP will use are as follows:
    BP will collaborate with the BPAMA with regards to the execution of specific websites. The websites will be up soon and some of the websites will target the Southern States that suffered heavily from the oil spill.

  5. peebozi says:

    Morals and ethics that conflict with profit are discarded. in fact, it’s a company’s fiduciary responsibility to its shareholders to ignore any ethics or morals that hinder profits. to do otherwise would be shirking their CONTRACT.

    actually, a company has the duty to break any law to increase profits to its shareholders…as long as any fines/backlash expenses do not out weigh the profits.

    • Tim says:

      Well, a contract that authorizes or obligates someone to break the law is void.

      • peebozi says:

        their fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders is to profit. i don’t see how the corporation breaking a law for profit invalidates their fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders.

        would you like to address the moral/ethical portion of my initial post?

  6. peebozi says:

    Oh, and now that a corporation that makes $80,000,000 every day can have a direct say in how our politicians earn their money.

    • Bsamm09 says:

      They don’t make that per day. Way to pull that out of thin air. Their 10-k filing puts them at $43.83mil/day. Doubtful that will return for a bit. And what does “… direct say in how our politicians earn their money” mean?

      You just hate corporations. But not enough to stop using their products, I’d bet.

      • peebozi says:

        You are correct, ma’am. I must have been in the middle of bashing goldman sachs and got the estimated figures confused. thank you for correcting me.

        they have a direct say in how American politicians vote on various issues because they BUY the american politician’s vote.

        i don’t hate all corporations, only publicly traded corporations whose first and only responsibility is to profit…

        and here’s a famous quote you may be familiar with…”It’s mine, you understand? Mine, mine! All mine! Go, go, go! Mine, do you hear me? Out, out, out! Mine, mine, mine! Go away! There’s only enough for me! ” – Daffy Duck/Corporate America

  7. Macgyver says:

    They make billions in profit a year, but they cant afford a couple millions to fix their shit.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      I’d like to see some numbers on what they actually save by not keeping everthing to code and safe. It’s probably 1-3% of their total profit.

      • OnePumpChump says:

        Measure that in Ferraris, and it will probably be more illustrative of why the difference matters.

      • BuyerOfGoods3 says:

        Honey – you have no idea. Avoiding safety procedures and materials saves BILLIONS. I know what i’m talking about. Have some extended marriage-related family who worked in the oil industry for 30 years…For several companies, including BP.

        They. Do. Not. “Do.” Safety Regulations with BP.

  8. Akuma Matata says:

    Perhaps if we had federal inspectors worth a damn and no liability cap on damages they’d pay more attention.

  9. quijote says:

    Frontline investigations always strike me as being a little soft. They dig just below the surface.

  10. Torchwood says:

    Why is it that MBAs have never heard of “preventative maintenance”? These are things which cost so little now, but save you tons of cash later. Oh, that’s right, we live in the era where companies, in the pursuit of ever-increasing profits, try to minimize all costs, and maximize all profits. For BP, they have a long history of bad accidents at their locations because of lack of halfway modern equipment.

  11. Snoofin says:

    Most of the time they are unable to build new things like refineries or add new equipment to existing facilities because the damned environmental nazis claim it will kill something or other.

  12. Elphaba says:

    Got my DVR set.

  13. ALP5050 says:

    GOOK? LOL!

    • El-Brucio says:

      I think they must have meant either gunk or goop, and are completely unaware of the racial slur aspect.