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A Beaumont lawyer, BP and the “Three Little Piggies”

May 27, 2010, 5:55 pm

Beaumont Enterprise

Beaumont barrister Brent Coon has plans to huff…and puff…and BLOW BP out of the freakin’ water.

He also, through his last encounter with the oil giant, points out that BP has no sense of irony.

They apparently take a “child-like” approach to worker safety. Kid you not, Coon unearthed internal BP documents that show the company used the children’s fairy tale, “Three Little Pigs,” to enumerate the dollar value of its employees.

The document, which was discovered following the 2005 Texas City refinery blast, was used extensively during those trials. Take a peek at BP’s “Three Little Piggies” cost benefit analysis. Just like they write it up in biz school. So simple, even a child can see how ridiculous it is.

If we go by this document, BP assesses the value of a worker’s life at $10 million. All variables considered, it is cheaper to build a “brick” house than a “blast resistant” model. If the workers die, c’est la vie.

BP sez they no longer do things this way and have “invested $1 billion into upgrading that refinery and continue to improve our safety worldwide.” Still, that was ONLY a few years ago AND, as the report points out, “we know that the Deepwater well lacked the remote-control, acoustical valve that experts believe would have shut off the well when the blowout protector failed. The acoustic trigger costs about $500,000. How would that stand up to a similar ‘Maximum Justifiable Spend’ analysis.”

From the Daily Beast:

Attorney Brent Coon represented families of the workers killed, and discovered internal BP documents that showed the oil giant had chosen to use trailers to house workers during the day, rather than blast-resistant structures, in order save money at the refinery.

Throughout his work on the case, Coon used a Three Little Pigs analogy to illustrate the cost/benefit analysis that he believed BP used to choose the less expensive buildings, with the trailers representing straw or sticks, versus stronger material the lawyer said should have been used. But whenever Coon brought up the fairy tale, he says that BP’s attorneys objected.

Then Coon received a set of documents through discovery.

“Right there we found a presentation on the decision to buy the trailers that showed BP using “The Three Little Pigs” to describe the costs associated with the four [refinery housing] options.” Says Coon: “I thought you’ve got to be f—— kidding me. They even had drawings of three pigs on the report.

Brent sums up our thoughts EXACTLY: “You’ve got to be f’in kidding me.”

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