ref date:28 May 2000 (ECON)
Oil and Gas rig safety at risk
Since 1986 rescue ships run by the oil companies in the North sea off Scotlands shores have rescued 210 people, more than half of whom were from oil and gas rigs.
Now BP plans to axe it ship fleet and use helicopters only for support and
This is not good enough. Bad weather often grounds helicopters when ships
can STILL attempt rescue and after the piper alpha disaster we learned
we need recue ships and helicopters.
BP should be persuaded that their gigantic profits can accommodate
ships and helicopters for rescue and this should be a legal requirement
for their continued operation in the North sea. The costs are negligible in face of the lives they protect. You would think that BP would WANT to appear as a
company that cares about its employees and the environment.