Two years before the Deepwater Horizon blow-out in the Gulf of Mexico, another BP off-shore rig suffered a nearly identical blow-out, but BP concealed the first one from the U.S. regulators and Congress.
5 years ago, weÂ located an eyewitness with devastating new information about the Caspian Sea oil-rig blow-out which BP had concealed from government and the industry.
The witness, whose story is backed up by rig workers who were evacuated from BPâ€™s Caspian platform, said that had BP revealed the full story as required by industry practice, the eleven Gulf of Mexico workers â€œcould have had a chanceâ€ of survival. But BPâ€™s insistence on using methods proven faulty sealed their fate.
One cause of the blow-outs was the same in both cases: Â the use of a money-saving techniqueâ€”plugging holes with â€œquick-dryâ€ cement.
By hiding the disastrous failure of its penny-pinching cement process in 2008, BP was able to continue to use …more
BP’s Azeri police arresting Palast for filming BP oil rig – Baku, Azerbaijan, December 2010
“Here in Azerbaijan we believe inÂ human rights.Â PLEASE GIVE US YOURÂ FILM.”
Oh, no, no, not good.
The enforcers here come in three colors:Â Â the military police still wearing theirÂ old Russian puke-green uniforms, the MSN (the dictator’s secret police) inÂ windbreakers without ID, and BP’s own corporateÂ police force in black tunics,Â sashes and full hats who look like toy soldiers from the Nutcracker ballet.Â They weren’t dancing.
I showed all three flavors of police our press credentialsÂ in both English and Azeri, neither of which could be read by the officers.Â (The dictator had suddenlyÂ changed the Azeri alphabet, making most ofÂ the nation illiterate overnight.)
The dictator made everyone call him, “Baba,”Â Grandpa.