Excerpt from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Jan. 15 press release: “Phillips 66 Refinery has been fined $324,000 for failing to correct serious workplace safety and health violations. A Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) inspection of the Ferndale facility found the violations put refinery workers at great risk in case of a fire or explosion.
“L&I cited the refinery for three instances of not correcting violations that it was previously cited for in September and October of 2014. These are considered ‘failure to abate’ serious violations.
“The 2014 citations are under appeal to the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals. State law requires employers to correct hazards even if the violations are under appeal, unless a “stay of abatement” is granted to allow a delay in making the corrections. The company’s stay of abatement request was denied by the board.”
So, Phillips 66 does not spend money to fix its 2014 violations to keep its refinery workers at less risk in case of a fire or explosion.
Meanwhile, according to the Open Secrets website, Phillips 66 has been spending millions of dollars on lobbying. And, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on election campaign donations to federal legislative candidates (the list of campaign spending shown below only shows campaign spending to federal candidates, not state legislative candidates and local candidates).
Phillips 66 annual lobbying expenditures:
$2,740,000 in 2015 lobbying expenditures
$3,710,000 in 2014 lobbying expenditures
$3,710,000 in 2013 lobbying expenditures
Phillips 66 election campaign cycle spending to federal legislative candidates:
Phillips 66 organization spent $363,615 in 2014 election campaign cycle spending to federal candidates
Phillips 66 organization spent $172,413 in 2012 election campaign cycle spending to federal candidates
Phillips 66 PAC spent $135,211 in 2016 election campaign cycle donations to federal candidates
Phillips 66 PAC spent $494,128 in 2014 election campaign cycle donations to federal candidates
Phillips 66 PAC spent $173,936 in 2012 election campaign cycle donations to federal candidates