Whistleblower: BP cut corners with Louisiana well and then lied about it

On behalf of Rock Palermo of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC posted in Oil and Gas on April 6, 2012.

A former BP contractor has filed a lawsuit claiming that the British petroleum giant did not maintain proper engineering records for years and then lied to the federal government in order to cover up its misdeeds. If his allegations are true (and we do not yet know that they are), it is yet another illustration of how oil and gas companies seem to think that they do not have to play by the same rules as everyone else.

The former employee claims that in 2002, BP certified to the federal government that registered engineers had approved its plan for its Atlantis oil platform, which is 190 miles off the coast of New Orleans, but in fact they had never done so. He said he reported the missing procedure and subsequent paperwork to a BP official and that official agreed that steps needed to be taken, but BP engineers refused to comply.

The man's lawsuit took on added significance in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and allegations on the part of President Barack Obama that state monitoring agencies were not doing what they were supposed to.

Once again, if what this former BP contractor is saying is true, it's just another entry in the long, long list of ways oil and gas companies are not respecting the rights of Louisiana and its landholders. Of course we need the fuel oil and gas companies provide and we need the jobs they give us, but not at the cost of oil and gas companies running roughshod over the environment and landowners' rights. It is completely possible to have both a thriving energy sector and a responsible approach to landowners' rights and the environment; it's high time oil and gas companies stopped acting as though those two things are mutually exclusive.

Source: The New Orleans Times-Picayune, "BP Atlantis whistleblower alleges false claims," David Hammer, April 5, 2012

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