Just to clarify nutball's post for you:
Release date: 24 July 2000
BP Amoco today unveiled a new, unified global brand and announced plans for a radical update of its retail sites around the world...
...Today's announcement reveals that the enlarged group will in future be known simply as BP, with the familiar BP shield and Amoco torch replaced by a fresh new symbol depicting a vibrant sunburst of green, white and yellow.
- and it's a lot quicker just to type BP... :)
As far as your comment about me being concerned with the nationality of who will get blamed - what actually does concern me is how the US media is spinning this story to give the impression (successfully it seems, given your ignorance of the fact that "British Petroleum" ceased to exist 10 years ago) that this appalling disaster can be blamed on foreigners!!!
So typical of the American psyche.
And please stop putting so much store in this eye-witness account that was on the TV show. The man was some electronics/computer guy - nothing to do with the drill crew. The rubber parts he mentioned that the driller told him not to worry about that turned up in the drilling mud could easily have been from a wiper plug:"A rubber-bodied, plastic- or aluminum-cored device used to separate cement and drilling fluid as they are being pumped down the inside of the casing during cementing operations. a wiper plug also removes drilling mud that adheres to the inside of the casing."
There would also have been cooks and cleaners on board who probably had never set foot outside the accommodation module let alone ventured onto the rig floor. Should we also listen to their expert opinion?
Is it not significant that none of the people who would actually know what was going on have been on TV? There's too much uninformed speculation by the media looking for a convenient scapegoat. Please wait for the results of the enquiry and stop speculating about a highly technical business that you know little about.
British Petroleum did not cease to exist, they just changed their name from British Petroleum to BP. My mistake, as I thought the official name was still British Petroleum.
I think you are wrong about the American press trying to blame the disaster on foreigners. They may be reporting on the ownership of the companies involved, but I don't sense any kind of backlash against foreigners based on the country of origin of the companies involved, and clearly the British press is more obsessed about this than the American press.
On the contrary, you seem to be so used to blaming the USA for everything that when a non-US company (and in this case a British company) is involved in such a disaster it upsets your preconceived notion that all the worlds problems are caused by the US (and in the case of Neil, that all the worlds problems are caused by Dick Cheney).
As for the what actually happened, I guess we will have to wait for an investigation on that, but the witness was pretty clear that BP management on the rig was pressuring them to speed up to make up for previous problems that they encountered, and the witness seemed to think that was a contributory factor in the disaster. We will have to wait and find out what others have to say, but there has been some kind of misconception that the sub-contractors are out there doing whatever they want without BP oversight, and that is not correct.
As far as my knowledge, I don't claim to be a offshore drilling expert, but I worked in the business for over 12 years, and I have knowledge of the relationship between an operator (in this case BP) and the sub-contractors they hire to do much of the work.