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Workers Are Speaking Out About The Gulf Oil Spill


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Bobby Maxwell, a former employee of the Minerals Management Services, a federal organization in charge of safety inspections on over 3,500 oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico, says that years of a “culture of corruption” lead to the disaster.

Long before the recent disaster, he noticed inspectors repeatedly accepting less than adequate safety reports that they would then reedit for official submission in exchange for gifts, favors and even illegal drugs and sexual relations with workers. It was his disgust at this behavior that led him to speak out against the company in hopes of ending such practices. In 2005, he filed suit against the Kerr-McGee Oil Co. claiming they withheld tens of millions of dollars of profit from the Department of Interior and the U.S. Treasury. If his case wins, Maxwell could receive up to $6 million in whistleblower fees.

Maxwell isn’t the only person speaking out about warning signs that could have prevented the oil spill. Not only does BP have an extensive history of dodging safety standards and endangering its workers and the environment, some individuals are saying that this may only be the start of massive catastrophes in the Gulf. Another worker in the industry, who chooses to remain anonymous, headed an investigation that revealed over 85% of the Atlantis project’s documents did not receive engineer approval. Posing an even larger problem, they also discovered that over 95% of Atlantis’ welding records concerning thousands of crucial pipelines still operating in the Gulf, also lack final approval. The implications of this revelation are alarming, posing the threat of an oil spill 30 times greater than the one in April.




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