"BP is disbanding the external safety ombudsman it set up after the fatal explosion in 2005 at its Texas City refinery, despite the growing number of concerns raised by the oil company's employees.
More than half the issues raised since the office was established in 2006 relate to BP's operations in Alaska.
BP said that it would not extend the office's tenure beyond June next year. The move comes less than a fortnight after the company announced it was setting up a new, beefed-up internal safety function, led by its head of safety and operations, Mark Bly, after the Gulf of Mexico disaster, which resulted in the deaths of 11 workers and in the world's biggest accidental offshore oil spill. An inquiry into the disaster has been launched by the US House of Representatives."
Tim Webb reports for the UK Guardian October 10, 2010.