A BP internal report on the deadly 2005 Texas City plant explosion recommended the firing of four executives and managers for failing to perform their jobs and poor judgment.
The report also concluded that the accountability of top
refinery executive John Manzoni should be reviewed by the company because he
"failed to implement his duties" and didn't "carry out his
responsibilities." It blamed Manzoni for “muddled” organization, and allowing
a culture of risk to develop. The report said the refinery had not been
properly maintained for some years prior to 2002. A supplementary report on
Manzoni's role came to the conclusion that he did not give safety the same
priority as commercial issues.
Release of the previously confidential report -- by court
order -- came two days after the resignation of BP CEO John Browne.
The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation
Board found that BP fostered bad management at the plant. It also said
cost-cutting was a factor in the explosion. A company spokesman says BP will
not discuss specific content in the report.
Internal Report: BP Managers at Fault for Blast (5/4)
May 4, 2007