It was only a matter of time before somebody pushed back against assertions by staff for the national oil spill commission today that there is no evidence that BP or any other company involved with the Macondo well blowout sacrificed safety in order to save money.
Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), in a statement, said today that BP’s corporate culture prioritized cost cutting over safety, an attempt to counter the preliminary conclusions released by commission staff today. The findings came as a recent ProPublica/Frontline investigation documented significant safety lapses throughout BP’s recent history.
Here’s his statement:
When the culture of a company favors risk-taking and cutting corners above other concerns, systemic failures like this oil spill disaster result without direct decisions being made or tradeoffs being considered.
What is fully evident, from BP’s pipeline spill in Alaska and the Texas city refinery disaster, to the Deepwater Horizon well failure, is that BP has a long and sordid history of cutting costs and pushing the limits in search of higher profits.
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