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It's time for the corporate 'Death Penalty'...
By Brad Friedman
on 6/6/2010, 2:45pm PT
Not satisfied with merely destroying the Gulf of Mexico, on Friday, BP reported the emission of more than 500,000 pounds of pollutants and non-pollutants in April and May at their refinery in Texas City, TX. The emissions included hundreds of thousands of pounds of deadly benzene, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide.
Via Think Progress:
For the record, this is the same BP refinery where an explosion in 2005 killed 15 workers and injured more than 170 others. The company was forced to pay a meager $71 million in federal fines for that incident. It's as if the company has friends in high places, or something...
Incredibly, regulations on the local level for this type of "spill" seem to be far more stringent that at the federal level. As the Galveston Daily News notes, despite stricter state laws requiring the reporting of "10 pounds or more of benzene and 200 pounds or more of nitrogen oxide during a 24-hour period" to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the D.C. Big Oil lobby seems to have had their way at the federal level:
[N]either of the levels of the emissions reached levels that required self-reporting to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Marr said. The EPA requires any nitrogen oxides release of more than 1,000 pounds a day be reported, while the federal agency does not require reports of benzene emissions.
Had enough yet?
Alaskan blogger Jeanne "Mudflats" Devon, who called our attention to this item via Twitter, calls for the "Corporate death penalty. NOW." in response.
While we are adamantly opposed to the regular Death Penalty --- in other words, actual murder sanctioned and carried out by Big Government --- if corporations are "people", as the Supreme Court recently re-affirmed in Citizens United, then they should have to pay the ultimate price for their continuing mass murder sprees. Big Government should force them to disband, or to be broken into tiny pieces and sold off to others.
Of course, "Corporate Personhood" is a complete and utter fiction to all but the Rightwing who hide behind it to make money and avoid personal accountability, and those on the Left who are too cowardly to do a damn thing about it, since their careers are also now held hostage to the solely-profit-driven whims of unlimited corporate
free speech MONEY.
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COMMENT #1 [Permalink]
Ernest A. Canning
said on 6/6/2010 @ 3:35 pm PT...
Curiously absent from Think Progress article is any indication as to whether the EPA performed air sample studies in or near the BP Texas plant.
"Carbon monoxide monoxide is colorless, odorless and tasteless, but highly toxic. It combines with hemoglobin to produce carboxyhemoglobin, which is ineffective for delivering oxygen to bodily tissues. This condition is known as anoxemia. Concentrations as low as 667 ppm may cause up to 50% of the body's hemoglobin to convert to carboxyhemoglobin. In the United States, the OSHA limits long-term workplace exposure levels above 50 ppm."
Likewise,benzene, which the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services can, long term, cause potentially fatal leukemia, is also fatal in cases of acute high level exposures.
It is not all that comforting that the information comes from the TX Commission on Environmental Quality given a recent report that the federal EPA had to step in to disallow a Texas program which permitted "thousands of mainly small to midsized Texas businesses that emit air pollutants bypass the more rigorous reviews that the EPA said the Clean Air Act requires."
COMMENT #2 [Permalink]
said on 6/6/2010 @ 6:23 pm PT...
AMEN. British Petroleum has become the poster child for the stupidity of corporate personhood. What would we do with a *PERSON* who poisoned tens of thousands, put tens of thousands more out of work, and lied about it all? We would never let that *PERSON* out jail, is what we'd do. They would lose their freedom forever.
COMMENT #3 [Permalink]
said on 6/6/2010 @ 8:02 pm PT...
Right now, this kind of information and these kinds of opinions can be published. But, maybe not for long, with Democrats Attacking Net Neutrality:
Such information can reduce the value of corporate media stock holdings and all...
COMMENT #4 [Permalink]
said on 6/7/2010 @ 1:14 pm PT...
Good luck in court "We the People"
Many Gulf federal judges have oil links
MIAMI — More than half of the federal judges in districts where the bulk of Gulf oil spill-related lawsuits are pending have financial connections to the oil and gas industry, complicating the task of finding judges without conflicts to hear the cases, an Associated Press analysis of judicial financial disclosure reports shows.
Thirty-seven of the 64 active or senior judges in key Gulf Coast districts in Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida have links to oil, gas and related energy industries, including some who own stocks or bonds in BP PLC, Halliburton or Transocean — and others who regularly list receiving royalties from oil and gas production wells, according to the reports judges must file each year. The AP reviewed 2008 disclosure forms, the most recent available.
COMMENT #5 [Permalink]
said on 6/7/2010 @ 1:42 pm PT...
It is amazing to see what BP is doing, not only to their reputation, but to the environment. Someone is going to have to crack down hard on them.
COMMENT #6 [Permalink]
said on 6/7/2010 @ 2:14 pm PT...
BP...Someone is going to have to crack down hard on them.
Who? Corporate eunuchs of the House? The fascist Supreme Court justices? Slap on the wrist at most. To state the obvious, Republicans and Democrats are too indebted to them, corrupt, and spineless to take them on.
COMMENT #7 [Permalink]
said on 6/7/2010 @ 3:16 pm PT...
Just two weeks ago...
"The 'other' spill BP will be keeping quiet"
With the Gulf Coast dying of oil poisoning, there's no space in the press for British Petroleum's most recent spill. Just last week over 100,000 gallons were lost at its Alaska pipeline operation. A hundred thousand used to be a lot. It still is. Last Tuesday, Pump Station 9, at Delta Junction on the 800-mile pipeline, busted. Thousands of barrels began spewing an explosive cocktail of hydrocarbons after "procedures weren't properly implemented" by BP operators, say state inspectors.
And of course, it is one of Alaska's senators, Lisa Murkowski, who introduced an amendment for MORE of this BS! It is said to be voted on this week too.
Clean air Lisa vs. dirty air Lisa:
"The Murkowski Resolution: A Step Backward for American Clean Energy"
COMMENT #8 [Permalink]
said on 6/7/2010 @ 7:56 pm PT...
The BP Whiting Indiana Plant had just as Disastrous Record. That plant dumped benzene and mercury into Lake Michigan and illegally modified their plant to emit more deadly toxins. And all under the Dick & W Regime.
And to think we hoped the Dick & W Regime of Death and Destruction was ended...
COMMENT #9 [Permalink]
said on 6/7/2010 @ 9:35 pm PT...
But just like many living near the Gulf of Mexico, there are those who live near this plant in TX, who will argue that JOBS are needed in the area, and that employment comes before everything else.
COMMENT #10 [Permalink]
said on 6/9/2010 @ 2:26 pm PT...
Oil spill clean up, Mayors in the affected areas, send out all available ships for cleanup duty, send the bill to bp.
COMMENT #11 [Permalink]
said on 6/9/2010 @ 2:33 pm PT...
Now that the oil is to the surface, resourcefull foreign companies , could send ships to clean it up and refine it in their countries, or ours. The rights to clean up the oil could be sold for this potential profit.
COMMENT #12 [Permalink]
said on 6/9/2010 @ 2:36 pm PT...
I know an inventor that has a plan for a device that could be installed to shut off the oil.
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