Less than a year ago people were outraged about the huge event that was headlining in the news everywhere. This incident was called the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill, and this spill kept many frightened and waiting for answers on the future. The BP oil spill significantly changed many lives, cost an abundance of money, and occurred because people were being careless on the job and not as aware as they should have been. April 20, 2010 was a day that many remember, but not for a respectable reason. On this particular day, there was an explosion in the rig that caused a huge fire causing eleven workers to die and leaving 17 hurt (Walsh 2).
...In 2010 one of the worlds largest and most devastating oil spills took place on the Gulf on Mexico. How did BP actually start the oil spill, what steps did BP take in order to stop the oil spill, and the devastating affects the oil spill left on our communities from physical damages to communication damages. BP is still a company today that has many people angry about what had happened and has lost thousands of customers forever. Though the effects of the oil spill were devastating and some are still being repaired today, our communities came together to help each other out in a time of need. Works Cited Crooks, E. (2013).
Bhopal Have you ever experienced such a life changing event that people all around the world hear about, and you've only dreamt about a disaster so bad? In 1984 a gas reaction happened in Bhopal, India that caused thousands upon thousands of deaths. Many of the deaths happened during the wee hours of the morning when people were sleeping, so they had no chance to live. The Bhopal, India incident, during which a gas/chemical leak from a Union Carbide plant killed thousands, would not have occurred if the company had taken the same safety measures required in first world countries. On December 3, 1984 a horrible accident occurred in the petrochemical capital of Central India,(Wolpert 152).
The accident has been referred to as the worst industrial accident of all time. It killed over 8,000 in two weeks. Describes as the world’s greatest industrial accident, the gas leak caused over 16,000 people with at the least 550,000 injuries. Instead of being cleaned up, the accefted area was converted into a dumping ground for chemicals. The UCC was convicted and blamed for the gas leak, and was mined millions of dollars.
They were removed from the shelves, infected with cyanide and returned to the shelves (Mitchell 1989). In 1982, Tylenol controlled 37 percent of its market with revenue of about $1.2 million. Immediately after the cyanide poisonings, its market share was reduced to seven percent (Mitchell 1989). However the crisis did hurt the company but their response was quickly active, they went directly to the media source. Tylenol implemented Mill’s ethics and used a utilitarian critique when dealing with the scare.
In addition to that, others estimated that 8,000 people died after two weeks because of gas diseases. The cause of the Bhopal disaster was found to be the "Corporate Negligence". The firm didn't have a good safety system in the working environment. They were filling the methyl isocyanate (MIC) tanks more than the level it required or needed, allowing safety systems that are unfit to use because of poor maintenance, and turning-off the system of safety in-order to save money. At June 2010 and after investigating about all what happened, it found that the chairman of UCIL and Seven employees were convicted to the Bhopal disaster.
“On March 23, 2005, at 1:20 pm, the BP Texas City Refinery suffered one of the worst industrial disasters in recent U.S. history. Explosions and fires killed 15 people and injured another 180, alarmed the community, and resulted in financial losses exceeding $1.5 billion.” (U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, 2007) There are many small and big decisions and oversights that led to the incident. Underneath all the specific actions or inaction is a blatant disregard for addressing safety violations and procedures that had been pointed out to BP even years before this event. The use of outdated equipment and budget cuts also contributed to the circumstances that allowed this accident to happen. Progression of Events that led up to the Incident “On February 21, 2005, the Splitter was shut down for a planned temporary outage… Prior to start-up (on March 22), the ... ... middle of paper ... ...eved August 8, 2010, from BP Public Website: http://www.bp.com BP corporate document.
Introduction One major business incident happened in April 2010 shocked the world and caused an “earthquake” of British Petroleum (BP)’s brand image. The Deepwater Horizon oil rig owned by BP in the Golf of Mexico exploded, leading to a disastrous oil spill in this marine area. The maritime disaster caused by the explosion became the largest one in the history of the U.S. and brought huge financial and reputations losses to BP. What is worse, sealing the oil well took over five months. From the explosion of the completion of the sealing (announced by BP), over 780 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the sea, causing irreversible pollution and damage to the bio-system in this area and the world (Lofgren 2013).
The harmful effects of these companies were clearly illustrated in the 1960s and 1970s when residents living near Minamata Bay, Japan, developed nervous disorders, tremors, and paralysis in a mysterious epidemic. The root was later found to be a local industry that had released mercury, a highly toxic element, into Minamata Bay. The disaster had claimed the lives of 400 people1. Since 1970 you can bet that a lot more than 400 people have died as a result of waste disposal. If the type of waste disposal were cheaper and effective we wouldn’t have to deal with waste problems, which still plague mankind today.
The incident subsequently became known as the largest marine oil spill since the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska in 1989. Media and Public Perception in the Wake of the Spill While media outlets initially picked up on the direct casualties of the explosion, attention quickly turned to the insurmountable environmental, economic and health consequences caused by the oil spill. Although Transocean owned the oilrig, it was contracted to British Petroleum, which quickly came under fire due to its history of bypassing safety measures and violating environmental laws. British Petroleum’s reputation took a huge hit, and it’s stock fell by 52% in 50 days. A month after the incident, British Petroleum marked a US$60 billion loss in value.