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Rolf Wilborg, Bill Campbell and the battle for offshore safety

Screen Shot 2014-01-16 at 17.44.20There is a striking similarity between Rolf’s case and the whistleblower activities of Bill Campbell, the retired Health & Safety Group Auditor of Shell International who warned Shell about evidence of false and misleading information in Shell Brent Bravo maintenance records, prior to the tragic, but avoidable explosion in which offshore workers were killed. Safety records had been routinely falsified and Shell had operated a notorious “Touch Fuck All” maintenance policy that put production (and profits) before safety.

By John Donovan

The plight of Rolf Wilborg Ex  Norwegian Petroleum Directorate regulator for the Norwegian sector offshore has been brought my attention.

There is a striking similarity between Rolf’s case and the whistleblower activities of Bill Campbell, the retired Health & Safety Group Auditor of Shell International who warned Shell about evidence of false and misleading information in Shell Brent Bravo maintenance records, prior to the tragic, but avoidable explosion in which offshore workers were killed. Safety records had been routinely falsified and Shell had operated a notorious “Touch Fuck All” maintenance policy that put production (and profits) before safety. 

Rolf Wiborg says that he sent several warnings on offshore safety issues to the Norwegian parliament’s Energy & Environment Committee (and the Norwegian Auditor General).

Bill Campbell circulated a series of warning emails to MP’s serving in the House of Commons and in the Scottish Parliament. Many supported his campaign for offshore safety. Mr Campbell also supplied written evidence  to the House of Commons Select Committee on Works and Pensions, also relating to offshore safety.

Wiborg is apparently currently intent on confronting the Ministry of Petroleum & Energy for Norway by taking the government department to court.

According to Upstream Online, he is “fighting to get his job back, claiming that his sacking from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) in October was unjustified and a misguided response to letters he sent to the parliament and the auditor general.”

Rolf Wiborg and Bill Campbell are both men of the highest integrity who have put the safety of offshore workers before their own well-being.

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