The Deep Horizon oil spill The Deep-water horizon oil spill is one of the largest oil spills in history. The spill occurred due to several factors including system failure and human error. The spill not only affected the wildlife and economy of the gulf but the entire United States as goods and service that were once available were no longer available. As a result of the oil spill Bp was forced to pay billions of dollars to restore the damages that they have caused. In addition, the oil and gas industry have changes there practices and are working with the government under new laws and regulation to prevent a future oil spill.
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Rather, a complex and interlinked series of mechanical failures, human judgments, engineering design, operational implementation and team interfaces came together to allow the initiation and escalation of the accident. Multiple companies, work teams and circumstances were involved over time (BP Internal Investigation Team). From that one explosion, seventeen people were injured and eleven people were missing and eventually pronounced dead (BP Oil Spill Timeline). Owing to the fact that the enormity of this oil spill did not only leave casualties, but also affected the world in many ways soon to come such as environmentally, economically, and politically. Two days after the catastrophe, On April 22nd, the first signs of oil in the water were documented.
Like it or not, Americans are completely dependent on oil. It is found in almost every aspect of everyday life, considering it can generate heat, drive machinery, fuel vehicles, and airplanes. Due to the high demand, the United States alone burns through 18.83 million barrels of oil per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Changing our nation’s fuel reliant ways is nearly impossible, so there is no option but to stay defenseless to the soaring prices. The United States needs is a policy that increases, domestic energy production.
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