The BP Texas Oil Refinery
disaster produced a substantial degree of public unquiet about the
safety of petrochemical installations and the companies which operate
them. The U.S.
Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board came under public and
media pressure to produce an objective investigation into the incident.
There is likely to be increasing pressure on the petrochemical industry
to clean up its act and in this process there are likely to be
significant costs for the petroleum companies.
The Autonomy of a disaster
The Impact of the disaster on
the U.S. public conscience
Relations and Public Opinion fallout of the BP Texas Oil Refinery
disaster has left a deep scar on the reputation and credibility of the
major petrochemical companies. Indeed the public (and thus many
politicians) are now of the opinion that if even the household brand
names are not to be trusted, then the lesser brands and smaller
companies, are to be trusted even less. The pressure in on the whole
The legacy of
the plant operation policies of the industry is not only an increased
incidence of civil and criminal litigation, but also an increased
vigilance on the operations of the companies in the industry. The
politicians are bound to follow this public pressure, especially now
that Big Oil has lost its major proponent at the White House.
Amateur video of BP Refinery incident