The Deepwater Horizon oil rig was working for BP when it caught fire and began spilling crude into the Gulf. This is destroying the energy company’s ecologically friendly image as well as the environment. Oil rig services were provided by the Halliburton Company. The oil platform itself, though, like 137 others around the world, is owned and operated by Transocean, a Swiss corporation.
BP, formerly British Petroleum, merged with Amoco in 1998 and ARCO in 2000. BP is familiar to Americans through its service stations and advertising (“Beyond Petroleum“). Halliburton, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s old company, is known for no-bid government contracts in Iraq, among other things. Transocean is an unfamiliar name to Americans who do not work offshore or on Wall Street.
Transocean — Gulf of Mexico – Deepwater Horizon Incident website.
BP — Gulf of Mexico response website.
“Halliburton Provides Cementing Facts Regarding Rig Incident” (press release).
“Drilling Process Attracts Scrutiny in Rig Explosion,” Russell Gols and Ben Casselman, Wall Street Journal.
“Gulf Oil Spill Puts Spotlight on Regulator With Mixed Record,” Marian Wang, ProPublica.
“BP spends millions lobbying as it drills ever deeper and the environment pays,” Antonia Juhasz, The Guardian.
“Rig had history of spills, fires before big one,” AP via San Jose Mercury News.
“BP Had Other Problems in Years Leading to Gulf Spill,” Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica.
“Gulf oil spill: approaching size of Exxon Valdez, whistleblower group says,” Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times.
“10 animals most at risk from Gulf oil spill,” Julia Kumari Drapkin, GlobalPost.
“Chemicals Meant To Break Up BP Oil Spill Present New Environmental Concerns,” Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica.
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