BP (British Petroleum)
BP (formerly British Petroleum) is a fossil fuel exploration company that was founded in 1909 to drill for oil in Iran (then known as Persia). It has been responsible for numerous catastrophic accidents around the world such as the death of 13 workers when its Sea Gem oil rig collapsed in the North Sea in 1965; a 2005 explosion at its Texas City refinery that killed 15; and most recently, the death of 11 people on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, that also caused lasting damage to the ocean environment.
petroleum, natural gas, motor fuels, aviation fuels, petrochemicals
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- Adventure in Oil: The Story of British Petroleum by Henry Longhurst (Sidgwick and Jackson, 1959).
- Drowning in Oil: BP and the Reckless Pursuit of Profit by Loren C. Steffy (McGraw-Hill, 2011).
- Some Common Concerns: Imagining BP’s Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey Pipelines System by PLATFORM et al. (2002).
- The History of the British Petroleum Company: The Developing Years, 1901-1932 by R.W. Ferrier (Cambridge University Press, 1982).
- The Seven Sisters: The Great Oil Companies and the World They Made by Anthony Sampson (Viking Press, 1975).
- Green Words, Dirty Deeds: A PIRG Expose of BP Amoco's Greenwashing by Athan Manuel of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (October 1999).
Julian Gavaghan | Yahoo News | December 24, 2013
December 27, 1965: Britain’s first ever North Sea oil rig collapsed and killed 13 men during a bitter snowstorm and 20ft-high waves on this day in 1965.
Steven Churm | Los Angeles Times | February 8, 1990
An estimated 6,000 barrels of crude oil spilled into the Pacific on Wednesday night after an oil tanker apparently hit its own anchor, opening a hole in its hull while attempting to moor about two miles off Huntington Beach.
Allister Thomas | Energy Voice | May 27, 2020
Greenpeace is staging a “socially distanced protest” outside BP’s London headquarters as the energy giant is due to begin its annual general meeting.
Aaron Walawalkar | The Guardian | February 8, 2020
Dozens of activists have coated themselves in plaster and are trying to occupy the British Museum overnight in a bid to pressure the institution to cut ties with oil corporation BP.
Ron Bousso | Reuters | February 5, 2020
Climate protesters forced BP to temporarily shut down its London headquarters on Wednesday, the first day in office for the oil and gas company's new CEO Bernard Looney.
Anne Landman | PR Watch | May 3, 2010
Back in July, 2000, British Petroleum launched a high-profile, $200 million public relations ad campaign designed by Ogilvy & Mather to position the company as environmentally-friendly.
The Guardian | June 5, 2014
A federal board investigation into the 2010 BP oil spill concludes that a last-ditch safety device on the underwater well had multiple failures, wasn't tested properly and still poses a risk for many rigs drilling today.
United States Securities Exchange Commission | September 8, 2010
This is the report of an internal BP incident investigation team. The report does not represent the views of any individual or entity other than the investigation team. The investigation team has produced the report exclusively for and at the request of BP.
Larry Duncan | Substance News | March 25, 2015
n March 19, 2015 a big contingent of striking BP refinery workers from Whiting, IN put on a protest rally in front of the multi-billion dollar corporation's Chicago headquarters in the Chicago Mercantile Exchange building. They were from USW Local 7-1, which includes about 1,100 members. They were joined by members from they Chicago Teachers Union.