BP Creates New Safety Division

BP plans to create a new safety division in the aftermath of this summer’s oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, CNN reported this week.

The “powerful new unit” will have the authority to intervene in all aspects of BP’s technical activities, according to the company.

The safety division is one of the new initiatives announced BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley, who stepped into his new role today, Oct. 1, replacing Tony Hayward.

The unit “will have its own expert staff embedded in BP’s operating units, including exploration projects and refineries. It will be responsible for ensuring that all operations are carried out to common standards, and for auditing compliance with those standards,” according to a statement by BP.

BP and federal agencies have said as much as 60,000 barrels (2.5 million gallons) per day spilled into the Gulf after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank April 20, killing 11 men. The well was temporarily capped July 15, and was permanently killed earlier this month.

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