House hearing uncovers BP corrosion personnel issues

Employees in BP Exploration Alaska Inc.’s corrosion and inspection chemicals group may not have reported potential problems in the company’s Alaska North Slope oil gathering lines because they felt harassed and intimidated, members of a US House subcommittee said Sept. 7.“We are now learning that there were a number of troubling personnel problems in BP’s corrosion management program on the North Slope over the past several years,” said Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), chief minority member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.“Though not fully understood, these problems apparently created a ‘chilling&...

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