Shouldn’t we at least be boycotting BP/ARCO Gas?

We can’t do anything to solve the leaking oil in the Gulf Coast – but a Daily Kos writer is suggesting that we can at least boycott BP/ARCO Gas.  I agree.

We should have seen this coming.  ARCO paid a record $3 .5 million fine for safety violations that led to a deadly explosion and fire at the company’s Channelview plant, in 1991.  That fine would eventually seem like pocket change, compared to what was yet to come.

On 23 March 2005, an explosion occurred at BP’s Texas City Refinery. It is the third largest refinery in the US and one of the largest in the world, processing 433,000 barrels (68,800 m3) of crude oil per day and accounting for 3% of that nation’s gasoline supply. Over 100 were injured, and 15 were dead, including employees of the Fluor Corporation as well as BP. BP agreed that its mismanagement contributed to the accident. Level indicators failed, leading to overfilling of a heater, and light hydrocarbons spread throughout the area. An unidentified ignition source set off the explosion.

On 30 October 2009 the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) imposed an $87 million fine on the company for failing to correct safety hazards revealed in the 2005 explosion. The fine was the largest in OSHA’s history.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, BP is the United States’ hundredth largest donor to political campaigns, having contributed more than US$5 million since 1990, 72% and 28% of which went to Republican and Democratic recipients, respectively.

Heard enough?  Please don’t buy gas at BP/ARCO stations.  Click here to join the Facebook Boycott BP group.


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