The American dream is here, according to a former BP engineer.
That’s according to the founder of the controversial BP Gulf Coast pipeline, who spoke with National Review today about how the company should have built the pipeline from its refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, to a natural gas pipeline in New Orleans.
“We were so focused on making sure that we didn’t have the pipeline that it was all a question of priorities,” former BP CEO Nick Jentleson told National Review.
“If we had the pipeline, we would have been able to deliver all the goods to the Gulf Coast in the most efficient way.
But because we didn, we did not.”
In a series of interviews with National Reutling, Jentelson said that BP did not follow its own rules to ensure the pipeline would not explode, resulting in the deadly Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska in 2010.
The spill, which killed 11 people, forced BP to pay $100 billion in fines.
“[BP’s] CEO was told, ‘Don’t worry, you can get the pipeline out of the way and not risk it blowing up.
You can do the pipeline,'” he said.
“And that’s exactly what they did.”
“If they had built the Pipeline and built it well, the explosion could have been much less,” he continued.
BP has been fighting the pipeline for years.
In 2013, Jantleson led a team of engineers to study the pipeline’s design and engineering and found that it had several problems that could lead to it exploding, including a lack of proper containment, insufficient steel, and inadequate testing.
The engineers determined that the pipe could not handle the load that BP needed for the Exxon Valdes spill, causing the refinery to shut down and the pipeline to be closed.
The decision to close the refinery and the BP refinery also had to be made in a way that would allow the pipeline not to explode, Jaitleson said.
The refinery was closed for two years and a half before it reopened.
At the time, BP said it would build a pipeline from Louisiana to New Orleans to transport oil from the refinery, but it later changed course.
By early 2015, BP had begun construction of a natural-gas pipeline that would connect to the refinery in the Gulf, which would then connect to New York’s Long Island.
This new pipeline would run from New Orleans, then to the Port Arthur refinery in Louisiana.
Jentlesons new team did a detailed analysis of the pipeline and its design, which was submitted to BP’s engineering arm, but he said he was not consulted about it.
He said the BP team concluded that it would be cheaper to build a natural pipeline than build a gas pipeline, because natural pipelines would require less fuel to ship and have less problems with leaks.
However, the pipeline had not yet been built.
Despite BP’s delays, the project has not been approved by the federal government, and the company has faced legal and regulatory challenges.
Since 2014, Jontelson and his team have been working on a new pipeline from New York to Louisiana that would run under the New Orleans River.
According to National Review, BP is in the process of building the new pipeline, and it is expected to be complete by 2021.
It is unclear when the new project will begin.
On Sunday, the American Society of Civil Engineers issued a report warning that a pipeline leak at BP’s refinery in Texas could cause the region to experience catastrophic air and water pollution.
Bipartisan lawmakers are trying to force BP to do a much more thorough study of its refinery.
Meanwhile, the Louisiana legislature has passed a bill that would require BP to conduct a safety study of the new natural-Gas Pipeline, and is scheduled to consider a bill this week that would further restrict the company’s access to the Louisiana coast.
(h/t National Review) This article was posted: Monday, February 13, 2018 at 7:47 pm