Far below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, one of
the first treasures of its kind can be found. It's an artificial reef,
created from a former Phillips Petroleum production platform.
And while you can't see it, this reef has attracted
the attention of hundreds of species of fish. As a result, this is something
that has also been attracting the attention of many commercial as well
as recreational fishermen.
Although we left this underwater paradise years ago,
we took with us an unforgettable picture of life that will remain deep
within us all. And it is one which will endure for generations to come.
To us, that's what it means to be the Phillips Petroleum Company.
When you first have a child you think you are throwing
stones into a pond. Gradually you realize that you are the one who is
You don't remember when your parents took to you to Bermuda.
It was young then, and those memories have sunk deeper than the photographs
in the cluttered chest. You don't remember your hat, your plastic shovel,
or the jellyfish. But you do remember the photograph. It was beneath
the glass of your father's desktop when you were fifteen, after his
five years of alcoholism, after the oil spill, after the company offered
him to the media, after he was a scapegoat, after his photograph was
splashed across every paper, after environmentalist hate mail dragged
him down, after he sank into depression, after the phone call your mother
received the night he jumped off the bridge and disappeared into the
You have put the photograph in the chest which you will
someday open for your own children. When they are old enough, you will
rent a boat and scuba gear and take them to the spot where the platform
sank. You will dive with them and show them the very wreckage of the
tanker their grandfather piloted. You will tell them what he drank like
and how many spills the company has been responsible for. Maybe you
will quit then.
TO UNDERSTAND OUR CONCERN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO LOOK BENEATH THE SURFACE