By Greg Szymanski
(BP) Products North America Inc. issued its final corporate report last
month, saying the March 23, 2005, fatal explosion killing 15 at its
Texas City plant was the result of "management system failures and
The company report,
issued from its headquarters in Warrenville, Ill., said management is
accepting "total responsibility" for the massive explosion, adding
plans are to modernize the plant to the tune of $1 billion over the
next five years.
While BP admits
liability, federal authorities are threatening civil and criminal
lawsuits, as well as levying a record-setting fine that would make the
$11 million fine levied by OSHA in 2005 look like chump change.
BP spokesman Ronnie
Chappell said today the company is withholding comment about pending
federal investigations but is cooperating thoroughly with authorities
about BP wrongdoing in the explosion, leading to the 15 deaths and more
than 180 injuries.
Chappell also would
not comment about the possibility of stiff fines being levied for the
massive release of 30,000 pounds of toxic pollution related to the
The BP plant in Texas
City also surfaced in the news recently as a former Army Intel Capt.,
Eric May, of Houston claims the March 23 explosion may have been a
rehearsal for an upcoming terrorist attack at the plant.
Plant officials said
they were not aware of any threats or suspicious activity in or around
the Texas City plant but several residents noticed a larger than usual
law enforcement build-up as well as a relocation of hundreds of
employees during the last two months.
As suspicions mount
in Texas City, Capt. May said he has collected data indicating the
"enemy within our government" - The Bush Cabal -
may be targeting the Texas City plant with a nuclear explosion on or around Jan. 31.
"I think the Bush
Boys may be targeting Texas City and I am warning people to be very
careful in the upcoming days," said Capt May, a former Army Intel
officer, who has now gone on a personal info-war attack on the Bush
administration after coming to the conclusion elements within the
government orchestrated and caused 911.
possibility of an attack at the BP plant, local law enforcement and
plant management were unaware of any stepped up security or strange
activities going on in or around Texas City.
However, one employee
working at the plant who wanted to remain anonymous, said he was aware
of at least 400 people being moved out of the plant two months ago and
relocated to a new office building.
"I just wanted to let you know what's going on at BP. When
they moved 400+ people out of the plant and into the new office
building a couple of months ago, they appointed me and some others as
building monitors," said the BP employee.
"We had our first meeting this afternoon all of a sudden. We are supposed to be in charge of our appointed groups during an emergency evacuation, fire, explosion, etc.
At our meeting today, they told us that there will be a practice drill for the building next week sometime (our first).
"Before we left the meeting, they told us to get our ducks in a row before we leave work this week. It sounded to me like it might take place Monday morning."
After reading Capt. May's warning of a possible nuclear attack, the employee added:
"I'm starting to wonder if this drill and your date of Monday for the attack is a coincidence. They are supposed to start up some units next week, but I can't get a definite day out of anybody."
Jon Watkins, another Texas City resident, also was taken the attack warning seriously, as he alerted local law enforcement.
"I think I opened up
a hornet's nest when I went into the police station," said Watkins from
his home in Texas City. "When I walked out in the police parking lot, I
noticed at least 10 different cars from 10 different law enforcement
agencies and that is strange around here."
resident after hearing Capt. May's warning said she noticed Wednesday
on the History Channel, the network running a show about the huge
explosion that occurred at the BP plant in 1947.
"Could they be
psychologically preparing the public for what's going to happen there,"
added Capt. May after he was alerted about what he called "the more
than coincidental programming of the old 1947 blast."
Jim Black of Houston,
who is also following the story, had a more practical way and an eight
step approach of determining if the people in Houston or Texas City
were in harms way in the upcoming days.
"If you want to know what the chances of this attack are, just watch George and Barbara. If they are home in Houston, no attack will occur.
However, if they're going to be out of town, the chances increase greatly. Then you have to ask yourself:
1. Where are they going?
2. How long do they plan to be gone?
3. How much did they pack and take with them?
4. Did they put anything in storage or have it moved to Maine before leaving?
5. Were there any large banking transactions before they left?
6. Are there any signs of preparations or unusual activity at the Maine house?
7. Are there any aircraft being chartered to "stand by and be available at a moments notice" in the Houston area?
8. Are there any CEO's who support Bush that have scheduled to be out of town around the 31st?
In the final BP
explosion report, the investigation team found no evidence of foul
play, but admitted "many areas where procedures, policies and expected
behaviors were not met."
responsibility for the March explosion, BP has set aside $700 million
to compensate victims of the disaster and has entered into a settlement
with OSHA resolving more than 300 safety regulation violations.
Officials added that settlements have been worked out with the families
of most of the victims who died or were seriously injured.