BP's Safety Breaches Risked Serious Explosion in Norway

According to a recent article on Fuel Fix, an oil and gas leak at a Norway oil platform could have caused a deadly explosion if it had not been detected in time. Norwegian regulators ordered BP to review their maintenance procedures after they discovered some serious breaches in the company's safety measures. Norwegian officials say that 125 barrels of oil and about 3,250 pounds of gas leaked into the ocean at this North Sea platform. The accident happened back in September, but investigation continued until the government came to the conclusions that they shared this past week. The Norway Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) says that the leak happened because of corroded bolts in a valve.

There were no injuries from the accident, put production at the offshore oil platform stopped for 67 days. The incident had the potential to be a massive accident, the PSA announced. The PSA says that it would not have been shocking if employees died and the rig was damaged because of BP's inability to maintain their ship. BP already has a reputation for oil spills after the company was found responsible for the worst oil spill in history. This was the tragedy that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in 2012. The Norway officials held BP responsible for a fire at Vallhall in 2011, and demanded that they assess their oil platforms for safety improvements.

Allegedly, BP discovered that there was oil and gas seeping from the valve at on the Ula field six months before the leak became a problem. BP already scheduled maintenance on the valve in 2013, but the Norway officials say that the company should have taken action sooner. After the PSA investigated Ula, they announced a number of breaches of the regulations.

Most of the breaches are related to BP's procures for identifying and managing risks on their oil rigs. The Norway officials also claim that BP keeps insufficient documentation about the oil platforms. The company should have documents detailing the parts that were involved in the lea on the ship. A BP spokesman announced that the company has improvement potential, but that the company was working to comply with what had already begin at the time of the incident. BP defends their position by saying that they planned to correct the leaking valve on the platform at the next shut-down maintenance session.

Police are also investigating the leak at Ula and they have determined that while there were some serious breaches, it is not necessary to shut down BP in Norway. The authorities claim that BP is able to manage its own business and can stay in line with the Norwegian laws regarding safe oil platforms. Safety on oil platforms is essential. If you suffered injury while working on an oil platform because the company did not observe safety regulations or did not maintain the platform as necessary, then talk to an offshore injury lawyer at Arnold & Itkin today for more information.

These nationwide personal injury attorneys have secured over $100 million in settlements and verdicts for individuals all throughout the United States. When you are seeking compensation after an injury, you want a convincing and hardworking lawyer right by your side throughout the entire process. At Arnold & Itkin, the attorneys are knowledgeable in offshore injury law, and have tackled many cases involving serious oil spills and oil rig explosions. Arnold & Itkin represented victims in the largest maritime disaster in history known as the Deepwater Horizon Explosion, so they can certainly handle your case! Call these committed and caring trial lawyers today!


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