Federal panel blasts oil industry safety on Bellingham pipeline anniversary

by Tim Flanagan on June 11, 2010

Les Blumenthal has the story in the Bellingham Herald:

WASHINGTON – Eleven years to the day after three people were killed in a pipeline explosion in Bellingham, order a federal regulator and a union official told a congressional subcommittee Thursday, public health June 10, that the oil and gas industry still has a troubling record on worker safety.

That record includes 15 who died and 170 who were injured at a BP oil refinery in Texas in 2005 and a 2010 fire at an Anacortes refinery that killed seven workers, just weeks before an explosion and fire at the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 workers and released a massive oil spill.

"To me this doesn’t seem simply like a string of bad luck – it appears to be a disregard for safety regulations and precautions across an entire industry," said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

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