Analysis Of The BP Oil Spill

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Oil Drilling Regulations British Petroleum(BP) had a massive oil spill on April 20, 2010. In the BP Oil Spill, more than 200 million gallons of oil was spilled into the Gulf of Mexico for a total of eighty seven days, making it the biggest oil spill in United States history. The initial oil rig explosion killed eleven people and injured seventeen others (“11 Facts”). The spill killed hundreds of animal, plant life and destroyed the environment. BP was penalized up to forty billion dollars in fines. Stricter regulation of all forms of oil drilling are necessary to protect everyone and everything involved, especially the environment because of the effects it has on society When drilling for oils, companies need to have regulations and one of …show more content…
There are about thirteen top oil spills in history and that totaled is around 1,421 million gallons oil spilled. BP was estimated to of spilled 206 million gallons in the Gulf of Mexico. BP made several unsuccessful attempts to plug the well. In the Persian Gulf they spilled about 380-520 million gallons. The oil resulted in a 4-inch thick oil slick that spread across 4,000 square miles in the Persian Gulf. When the Exxon Valdez tanker hit a reef off the Alaskan eleven of its cargo tanks ruptured. It dumped up to 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound. The spill could have been much worse because Valdez was carrying 53 million gallons (Moss, …show more content…
46,000 square miles of the Gulf Coast, was closed for fishing because of the oil spill. It was closed between the Mississippi River and the Pensacola Bay. Fishing businesses get hit hard because the oil is killing thousands of sea life. There are fish competitions that lose a billions dollars. They lost about 1.2 billion dollars because of the oil killing the fish. Sport fishing in the Everglades make more than $378 million in wages that support 12,391 full-time jobs. There are more than 8,000 jobs linked to saltwater sport fishing which could be in trouble if there is oil that reaches the Everglades region (World Socialist Web Site). When fishermen can not go and fish it affects a massive amounts of restaurants. About 40 percent of the nation 's seafood harvests come from the Gulf Coast. Restaurants all over the country called to stay updated on the availability of seafood. Louisiana 's seafood industry makes about $2.4 billion dollars yearly (Chen, Stephanie, and Kat Kinsman). When an oil spill happens that amount will drop

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