Sunday Late Night: Transocean CEO Has No Shame

By: Sunday April 3, 2011 8:01 pm

After a year like the one he’s had, the CEO of Transocean should count himself very lucky that, unlike Japan, America lacks an ‘old-way’ tradition for a company manager to prostrate himself with shame and grief at his job performance, especially after loss of life.


FDL Book Salon Welcomes Bob Cavnar, Disaster on the Horizon: High Stakes, High Risks, and the Story Behind the Deepwater Well Blowout

By: Sunday November 21, 2010 1:59 pm

After having spent five months in the Gulf, I decided to read Bob Cavnar’s book of the story behind the Deepwater well blowout starting with chapter 7 on the “BP-government merger.” This was one of the most troubling twists in events that I had witnessed in the Gulf. I figured if he could shed some light on this, then maybe he would have frank insights on how we got into this mess – beyond the human error – and how we might avoid another.

BP Report Designed to Make Partners Liable

By: Wednesday September 8, 2010 9:50 am

The executive summary and the full investigation rely heavily on jargon, but they basically describe a systemic failure. However, BP cleverly sidesteps the question of well design, for which they have personal responsibility, and basically looks at the incidents on the Deepwater Horizon in a vacuum.

BP Oil Spill Washes Up On Roy Blunt in Missouri

By: Friday May 21, 2010 3:50 pm

Even before the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, oil has been an issue in the race between Democrat Robin Carnahan and Republican Roy Blunt to replace the retiring Kit Bond in the US Senate. With the spill, things have gotten so bad for Blunt that he’s having to turn on his old pals in Big Oil. Awwwwww . . .

Did Transocean Isolate Workers for 40+ Hours to Sign Away Liability?

By: Thursday May 20, 2010 6:00 pm

A disturbing account from another survivor of the Deepwater Horizon suggests that Transocean, the owner of the rig, deliberately isolated the survivors from contact with the outside world for more than a day and a half in what the survivor suggested was an attempt to sign away liability.

This Disaster is Brought to You By . . .

By: Saturday May 15, 2010 9:00 am

With all the concern about the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, I thought it would be helpful to put the corporate citizenship of BP, Transocean, and Halliburton into perspective. This isn’t the first disaster with corporate sponsorship, after all.

Transocean Invoking Obscure, 159-year-old Law to Avoid Liabilities

By: Friday May 14, 2010 4:12 pm

Transocean invokes a 159-year old law to avoid paying damages and compensating workers.

Will Salazar Let BP Wait Twenty Years to Compensate Gulf Fishermen?

By: Friday May 14, 2010 11:00 am

Global Green has a video of the fishermen of Shell Beach, Louisiana, who know that the BP oil spill will probably soon put them out of business: Anthony Greco III: I’ve been fishing all my life. Robert Campo: I don’t have Type A blood, I’ve got type saltwater. My family’s been at this four generations. [...]

Rep. Betty Sutton Drills Transocean CEO on Coerced Rig Worker Statements

By: Thursday May 13, 2010 7:06 am

As you may have read, Transocean (the company that owns the Deepwater Horizon rig) made everyone rescued from the rig sign statements laying out whether they were involved in the incident, and whether they had gotten hurt.

Senate Committee Hearing on BP Oil Disaster (Part 2): It Still Hasn’t Sunk In

By: Wednesday May 12, 2010 9:56 am

Committee hearings Tuesday contained no explicit admissions that anyone had done something wrong, but the second hearing helped focus on the breakdown in the environmental review process. That’s a legal timebomb.

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