According to a class-action lawsuit filed against BP, a former official with BP's Gulf of Mexico drilling operations resigned just months before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill due to disagreements with the company over safety issues.
The lawsuit alleges that Kevin Lacy, BP's former senior vice president for drilling operations in the Gulf, resigned in December of 2009 because he believed the company wasn't working hard enough to improve the safety protocols of their drilling operations.
Just four months later the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 workers and causing the worst accidental maritime oil spill in history.
The plaintiffs in the suit include public pension funds in NY and OH, some individual BP investors and the Oklahoma police pension system. These most recent claims are part of an amended version of a prior lawsuit, which alleges that BP inflated its stock price by hiding information and making misleading statements about its safety practices before the Deepwater Horizon spill.