Fresh from Gulf disaster, BP urges Canadian legislators to drop regulations
Exasperated Canadian legislators grilled the head of BP Plc (BP.L) Canadian unit on Thursday, concerned about the risks of the company’s plans to drill in Arctic waters after the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
But Anne Drinkwater, president of BP Canada, offered few answers at a hearing at Parliament’s Standing Committee on Natural Resources on the safety of drilling in the Far North.
Drinkwater, who has also run BP operations in Indonesia, Angola and Norway, declined to answer technical questions and said she had not compared Canadian and U.S. drilling regulations, straining the credulity of some on the committee.
“You’d think coming to a hearing like this that British Petroleum would have as many answers as possible to assure the Canadian public. We got nothing today from them,” said Nathan Cullen of the left-leaning New Democrats.
BP is still fumbling with various tube sizes as part of the company’s hapless quest to stymie its underwater oil geyser, and yet they can’t wait to rush into the next disaster.
Anne may not be very interested in regulation because, well, BP doesn’t care about regulation, which is why the Gulf disaster happened.
It has yet to announce plans to drill in the region but shortly before the U.S. disaster, BP and other oil companies urged Canadian regulators to drop a requirement stipulating that companies operating in the Arctic had to drill relief wells in the same season as the primary well.
Yee-haw! And critics say an oil blowout in the Canadian Arctic would be even worse than this current mess.
See ya at the bottom, boys.