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. On April 20, 2010, an event that became known as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred. It is sometime referred to as the BP oil spill, as BP was the company operating on the Deep Water horizon at the time of the spill. This oil spill is considered one of the largest oil spills in history as approximately 4.9 million barrels of oil made its way into the open ocean, reaching as far away as Florida. The oil spills occur due to a combination of system failure and human error.
Due to the major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it has become one of the world’s most hazardous concerns. There are many effects of the BP oil spill: wildlife, fishing and shrimp industry, tourism, and health effects. I will discuss why I highly disagree with the main source of energy to be is oil. The Gulf of Mexico contains some of the most spectacular wildlife in the world include manatee, bottle-nose dolphins, and whooping cranes, jus... ... middle of paper ... ...esilience in the US Gulf Coast after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.” Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research July 2010: 297-315. Print.
Over the course of these 87 days the gusher leaked an estimated 205 million gallons of oil and the oil polluted thousands of square miles of ocean water (Kennedy 351, 379). The oil even washed up on Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama shores, which were 50 miles away from the site of the leaking (McNutt 3). This oil spill was also the first to be characterized as a Spill of National Significance (SONS) by the U.S. Government. Though the government was involved in the BP oil spill, 10 days passed before they took any action (Kennedy 379). In this essay I will discuss the benefits and drawbacks to having the United States Legislation involved in the cleanup and prevention of oil spills based on their actions during the 2010 BP Oil Spill.
I believe, just as many others believe that they did not. So that’s what we are going to further look into. 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. The Oil Spill Starting BP had the Deep water Horizon oilrig in the Gulf of Mexico in April of 2010, searching for means of oil to provide for the company. After searching for the oil and finding means of it, there was a gas release and explosion that took place.
Oil spill in the form of operational discharges of tank washings, accidental spills, illegal discharges as well as offshore and onshore oil well blowouts are contribute to water pollution. It was estimated 3.6 million tons of oil spills into the sea annually ( Jaswar, Rashini& Maimun, nd.). There were several major oil spill incidents involving oil tankers in the Strait of Malacca from 1976 to 1999. Examples of such spills are Diego Silang (1976), Asian (1977), M. T. Ocean Treasure (1981), Mv. Pantas (1986), Nagasaki Spirit (1992), An Tai (1997), and Sun Vista (1999).
The Oil Spill The BP oil spill happened off the United States coast in the Gulf of Mexico and is considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. After the oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded and sunk it continued to leak oil for 87 days until it was capped, which resulted in an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil leaking into the ocean. The Deep Water Horizon was a sem... ... middle of paper ... .... Retrieved 15 November 2013. Dermansky, Julie (20 April 2013). "Three Years After the BP Spill, Tar Balls and Oil Sheen Blight Gulf Coast".
Extensive damage was done to the environme... ... middle of paper ... ...e 1-2. 14 Nov. 2014. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/BP%2c+firms+made+risky+decisions+before+spill%3a+re... “BP shares hit 6-month high after Shell takeover report.” Oil & Gas News. Jan 10, 2011: Page 1-2. 14 Nov. 2014. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/BP+hit+6-month+high+after=Shell+takeover+report Chelette, Tim “Options for Dealing with a Spill.” Climate & Energy. Copyright 2010 Oceana: page 1 14 Nov. 2014. http://na.org/en/our-work/climate-energy/offshore-drilling/learn-act/options-for-dea “The Spill- By the Numbers.” Climate & Energy.
On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded and caused the largest marine oil spill in history. The platform sank about 5,000 feet underwater. The BP oil spill poured 4.2 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. These oil spills are largely compared but were cause by completely different events. They had similar effects/damage, however.
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.
Introduction The British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was one of the worst ecological catastrophes in human history, causing vast damage to a fragile and beautiful ecosystem while at the same time calling attention to the deficits in current approaches to energy prospecting, risk management, and cleanup. This analysis of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill will devote attention to the following questions: (a) What kind of technology is in use for deep-sea oil extraction, what are the factors that accounted for the BP catastrophe, what were the statistical components of the spill in terms of volume and concentration, and what was the spatio-temporal scale of the oil spill? (b) What were the environmental (physical, biological, hydrological, and atmospheric) impacts of the oil spill, in addition to the economic and social impacts? (c) What were the scientific, technological, and policy solutions implemented by various actors to pursue the cleanup of coastal areas, wildlife, and wetlands damaged by the oil spill? (d) What is the feasibility of long-term biodiversity conservation measures and the limits of such solutions?