The past two years have witnessed two major spills of oil at opposite ends of the earth. Both spills were caused by western companies – BP PLC (‘BP’) and ConocoPhillips, companies that cannot be strangers to the increasing demand for proper governance and transparency, and particularly effective management of health and safety. In both disasters there has been a lack of proper safety checks of offshore operations. In such high risk operations it is difficult to see these oversights can be justified. What has been the real cost to the companies and the communities which they serve and how can issues like these be managed in a more effective way? Does it raise issues about environmental crime?
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