Essay on Bp Oil Spill : The Spill

978 Words Oct 26th, 2016 4 Pages
The BP oil spill was a very tragic environmental disaster that occurred recently which resulted from poor engineering judgement. There were several ethical issues involved with the BP oil spill that made it such a terrible and devastating disaster. However, the disaster began with one single decision that should not have been made. The environmental ramifications that were caused by the spill are still seen along the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico. If ethical issues of the BP oil company were handled correctly and responsibly it is very likely the spill would never have occurred.
The BP oil spill originated from the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The rig was owned and operated by a drilling company known as Transocean, which was leased by BP oil company. The rig was strategically located in an area called the Macondo oil prospect. The prospect was in a valley in the continental shelf known as the Mississippi canyon and had large deposits of natural gas and oil. The Deepwater Horizon rig was positioned over a well that was located on the seabed 4,993 feet below the surface of the water. The well extracted oil from deposits nearly 18,000 feet below the earth. On April 20, a surge of natural gas from the rock below blasted through a sealed concrete core in the well. The fracture in the concrete core allowed the surging natural gas to travel up the Deepwater rig’s riser to the platform. It was when the surging gas reached the platform that it ignited and began…

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