BP Looking To Shut Down Ombuds Office!

Washington (CNN) — BP has been trying to shut down an internal safety watchdog agency it set up under congressional pressure four years ago, according to sources close to the office and a leading congressman.

The Ombudsman Program was set up after a 2005 explosion at a BP refinery in Texas that killed 15 workers and a massive oil spill in Alaska the following year. Its chief, former federal judge Stanley Sporkin, would not comment for this story — but a source inside his office told CNN, “I’m surprised we’re still here.”

…sources close to the office say BP doesn’t like having independent investigators pursuing those complaints. A union representative told CNN that some workers who complained have faced retaliation.

…BP has said it can do a good job investigating complaints through an established internal system — without the ombudsman’s office.

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