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Listen To Your Workers

Thursday, May 10, 2007

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Listen To Your Workers

By Simpson05-10-07 ConocoPhillips refinery workers showed up at the Big Oil company’s annual meeting and warned that budget cuts are compromising plant safety. It’s nothing new in the industry.  Remember the worst industrial disaster in recent U.S. history was the explosion at BP’s Texas City refinery that killed 15 and injured 500. And then there […]

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Let This Be A Lesson

Friday, May 4, 2007

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Let This Be A Lesson

By Simpson 05-04-07 Lord John Browne, widely perceived as a business titan, crashed and burned this week resigning as BP chief executive amidst messy, tabloid headlines exposing his gay lifestyle.  But as Businessweek columnist Jeffrey Sonnenfeld correctly notes, his personal life was not really the issue.  Browne’s problem was that he flouted his widely proclaimed […]

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Chevron's 'Jungle Law'

Friday, April 6, 2007

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Chevron's 'Jungle Law'

  William Langewiesche, the lyricist of disaster, has the cover story of the May Vanity Fair with "Jungle Law," on Chevron’s trial in Ecuador. It’s a $6 billion tale of blood, oil and the persistence of Ecuadorean peasants that’s finally getting the telling it deserves.  Langewiesche, author of the definitive Ground Zero tale, "American Ground," and the […]

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Execs' Feud Led to BP Blast

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

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Execs' Feud Led to BP Blast

Tensions in the executive suite contributed to the disaster at BP’s Texas City refinery,  according to an internal confidential report described in The Financial Times. British Press Association Reporter of the Year Sheila McNulty writes that John Mazoni, chief executive of refining "should have done a ‘much deeper dive’ into the true state of the […]

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