March 20, 2007 |

CSB’s BP Texas City Explosion Root Cause Analysis Report to be Released Today. Carolyn Merritt’s Speech Foreshadows Report at NPRA Meeting

In an article from the Houston Chronicle, I found the following quotes from a speech at the National Petroleum Refiner’s Association made by Carolyn Merritt, Chairperson of the Chemical Safety Board:

The “ineffective or nonexistent” oversight of safety by the British oil company’s board of directors also played a direct role…

“Somebody has to be asking the question: ‘What is happening, and is this being done?’ “  … Yet those questions were rarely asked, she said.

With this information foreshadowing the report to be released today by CSB, BP’s management should be ready for a report that will be highly critical of their safety management efforts.

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