Transocean Has Big Brass Balls

In what will surely take the 2011 Audacity Award Transocean Ltd. made a statement Friday that it had its  “best year in safety performance.” O’ no they didn’t!  O’ yes Transocean has balls and despite the explosion of its Deepwater Horizon rig that left 11 dead, 9 Transocean employees, and polluting half the Gulf of Mexico they said this

“Notwithstanding the tragic loss of life in the Gulf of Mexico, we achieved an exemplary statistical safety record,” Transocean stated in a filing on executive pay, “we recorded the best year in safety performance in our company’s history.”

But Transocean not only has ball, they have big balls.  Because of this exemplary safety record, Transocean’s executives received two-thirds of their target safety bonus.

But Transocean not only has big balls, they have big brass balls.  Monday Transocean stated they regretted using “insensitive” wording. Not regretted a poor safety record that left 11 dead, an untold amount of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, the loss of countless economic dollars to the poor Southern states and citizens, and numerous health issues to the same all while patting themselves on the back and boosting their paychecks.  No, no apology for that.  No they apologize for subpar writing of a filed paperwork. I guess the Joe Shmoe who word pressed that bad boy won’t be getting a bonus!

h/t to  gCaptain.

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

3 comments on “Transocean Has Big Brass Balls
  1. ‘Reassuring’ the public takes the place of informing the public of the real dangers. This disaster will affect the world, not just Japan, and it is a wise step for all families to purchase a handheld geiger counter so as to know the truth of contamination of goods in the global marketplace. I’d also say that the nuclear power industry’s statements and ‘reassurances’ should be read as a political strategy to retain the billions of dollars it enjoys from government subsidies and research grants.

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