According to British Petroleum, safety is always top priority. That's what BP Spokesman Robert Wine told CNN for a report on the Deepwater Horizon explosion for June 9. The statement echoed company policy officially described in the BP Code of Conduct, which states: "BP's commitment to safety means each of us needs to be alert to safety risks as we go about our jobs.... Always ... Stop any work that becomes unsafe."
The Gulf of Mexico oil leak began on April 20 when an explosion on the oil rig Deepwater Horizon tragically claimed the lives of 11 BP America employees. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) determined that within a month, the volume of the leak surpassed 1989’s Exxon Valdez disaster of 11 million gallons spilled off the coast of Alaska. USGS estimated the leak rate to be as much as five times BP’s claim of 5,000 barrels per day.