The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

BP Refinery Accidents, Motorists Pay

Sep 17, 2012

Gasoline prices in the Midwest jumped up following two incidents at BP’s Whiting, Indiana refinery.

First, there was a fire in the coker unit, which the company took out of service. Then, BP sold 4.7 million gallons of tainted mid-priced and premium gas in Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. This caused hard starting, stalling and rough idling. Motorists went to dealers to have the fuel system cleansed. BP said it will pay them, with many claims at $1,200 a person. So far 9,600 claims are in.

But then the price of gas went up! Due to the accidents, they say the supply of gas is down. BP is passing the cost of its accidents onto drivers. And other companies are going along for the ride.