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Spill Here, Spill Now, Of the Worst Importance Dept. 0


In his memo to Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, Michaels (assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health–ed.) said his agency has witnessed numerous problems at several work sites and staging areas through the Gulf Coast region.

“The organizational systems that BP currently has in place, particularly those related to worker safety and health training, protective equipment, and site monitoring, are not adequate for the current situation or the projected increase in clean-up operations,” Michaels said in the memo.

“I want to stress that these are not isolated problems,” he continued. “They appear to be indicative of a general systemic failure on BP’s part, to ensure the safety and health of those responding to this disaster.”

Michaels added that BP “has also not been forthcoming with basic, but critical, safety and health information on injuries and exposures.”

Every railroad in the US has a set General Rules of Conduct. Early on in them, often the first one, begins with

Safety is of the first importance in the discharge of duty . . .

Andy Borowitz has more:

In a new video that is light on his usual threats but heavy on admiration, Osama bin Laden admits that he is “professionally envious” of oil giant BP’s massive oil spill, saying that it puts his efforts to create destruction and chaos to shame.

“There are times in an evildoer’s life when one has to stand back and admire a job well done,” Mr. bin Laden says in the video. “BP, you blow me away.”

Borowitz via John Cole.


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