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Poisoned Legacy: The Human Cost of BP's Rise to Power [Kindle Edition]

Mike Magner
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The story is all too-familiar: On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing eleven workers and creating the largest oil spill in the history of U.S. offshore drilling. But, this wasn’t the first time British Petroleum and its cost-cutting practices destroyed parts of the natural world.  It also was not the first time that BP’s negligence resulted in the loss of human life, ruined family businesses or shattered dreams.  Journalist Mike Magner has been tracking BP’s reckless path for years and, for the first time, focuses on the human price of BP’s rise to power. From Alaska to Kansas to the Gulf, Magner has talked to people whose lives have been destroyed by BP’s almost unparalleled corporate greed.  When BP acquired an abandoned Kansas refinery in 1998, it discovered one of the most contaminated groundwater plumes in the U.S. Rather than begin a full cleanup, BP declared there was no cause for concern. A former schoolteacher alarmed by cancer cases in the town pushed her community to take BP to court. In 2005, an explosion at BP’s Texas City refinery, operating with a raft of safety problems because of neglected maintenance, killed fifteen people including the mother and father of a young woman who was driving there to spend the Easter holidays with her parents.  A year later, thousands of gallons of oil spilled onto Alaska’s North Slope from a corroded BP pipeline. Following a hurricane, BP’s Thunder Horse rig almost sank because of a flaw in its construction, and repair work exposed even more serious problems.  Poisoned Legacy is the searing true story of the rise and fall of BP, a company that went from being a green maverick promising a world “Beyond Petroleum” to one of the most notorious corporate villains in history.



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“…a lucid, hard-hitting indictment of BP's ingrained greed and irresponsibility…” – Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Mike Magner has been a journalist for more than 35 years, including 10 years as a reporter at the Kalamazoo (Michigan) Gazette, 15 years in the Washington Bureau for Newhouse Newspapers, and four years as an editor and writer at the National Journal. He was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, graduated from Georgetown University, and lives outside Washington, D.C., with his wife, son and daughter. He began reporting on BP’s refinery pollution in Neodesha, Kansas, in 2002 and continues to follow the community’s efforts to require a cleanup of the contaminated site.


Product Details

  • File Size: 587 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 031255494X
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (June 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H1TM48
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful eye-opener July 9, 2011
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Clearly written and backed by a ton of research, "Poisoned Legacy" does an amazing job of exposing the culture of expediency which led British Petroleum to endanger lives and pollute our land and waters, not only in the Gulf, but also in Alaska, Kansas and Texas. I now understand at a deeper level the devastating effects that BP's decisions and actions have had. By the end, I found myself wondering how much of this can be remedied, and how much are we willing to sacrifice to have access to oil. While it's a long read, it is worth it. If you are an environmentalist, you want to know this story. If you live in America, you need to know this story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good reading December 28, 2013
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This is a good and very interesting book. No regrets in my purchase. The bp story and experience that is unknown to the public is what makes this book interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CORRUPTION AT ITS BEST June 28, 2013
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This book is the best and it also encompasses my lawfirm's case. We exposed many of the topics of issue in this book.

A great read.
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