“A Failure of Management”

January 6, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

When ex-BP boss, Tony Hayward said last year that “This was not our accident … This was not our drilling rig. This was not our equipment. It was not our people, our systems or our processes,” you know that history would prove him to be wrong. This was BP’s accident. Today, the Official Report into … Read More

Another $20 Billion Bill for BP

December 16, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Shares in BP are falling this morning – 3 per cent in early trading so far – on the news that it could face penalties of $21 billion-plus if found fully liable for damages in a US federal lawsuit regarding the Deepwater Horizon drilling disaster. But BP is not alone. The US Department of Justice … Read More

Deepwater’s Forgotten Villain

December 15, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

When you think of the Deepwater disaster earlier this year, of course the main company responsible for the spill that springs to mind is BP, the operator of the rig. The next villain in the story is Transocean, the owner of the rig. One name that does not automatically jump out is Anadarko, the minority … Read More

BP: Stilling Passing Blame

October 27, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

Out with the old. In with the new. When BP ceremoniously dumped bumbling gaffe-prone Tony Hayward after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and ushered in smooth-talking Bob Dudley, it was meant to herald a new era in the troubled giant’s history. But the disaster still wrangles BP badly. And it is no surprise therefore that … Read More

Offshore Safety Inspections Were Compromised

October 11, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

Ask anyone who works say as a teacher about being inspected by government officials and they say that it is the surprise inspections that matter. If you have weeks of notice about an inspection you by its very nature have to make sure everything is in order.  The kids are all behaving themselves at the … Read More

Chevron Safety Inspections Could be Compromised

October 4, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Late last week, the British government gave the goahead for the American oil company, Chevron to start drilling a deepwater exploratory well as part of its Lagavulin project in the waters north of the Shetland Islands. In a highly controversial move, it is the first time the new British Coalition government has granted permission for … Read More

Why Bob Has to be Wary of the “Bunker”

September 27, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

When Bob Dudley takes over the reins at BP on Friday he will face a daunting task and a bulging in-tray. He will be aware that his new job is a personal poisoned chalice, having effectively destroyed the careers of three of his predecessors: Tony Hayward, John Browne and Bob Horton have all left in … Read More

It’s as if Deepwater Never Happened..

August 25, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post 2 Comments

When the Deepwater disaster occurred in the Gulf of Mexico four months ago, many commentators argued that this was a “game changer” that would change the energy debate forever. Politicians and the public would realise that the ecological and social cost of offshore drilling was becoming unacceptable, the thinking went. If you morph the lessons … Read More