Essay on Bp : The Environmental Impact

703 Words Dec 14th, 2016 3 Pages
BP: The Environmental impact
The British Petroleum (BP) oil spill has been hailed as the worst environmental disaster in the history of oil spills. The BP oil spill had devastating consequences for the environment and would for many years continued to affect the environment in such a way that for years it would continue to have an impact on marine life, wetlands, habitats, beaches, vegetation, trees, birds and livelihoods. The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) spill released millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over an 87-day period, from 20 April to 15 July 2010. While some of the spilled oil was recovered, burned, or dispersed at sea, some portion of this oil was stranded on the shorelines of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Texas. Clean up the spill reported that it mobilized approximately 48,000 people, the coordination of approximately 6,500 vessels and the deployment of approximately 2,500 miles (13.5 million feet) of boom to contain or absorb the oil. At the end of December 2014, BP has spent more than $14 billion and workers have devoted more than 70 million personnel hours on response and clean-up activities. The U.S. Coast Guard ended the remaining active clean-up operations in the Deepwater Horizon area of response in April 2014. (Dennis, 2016) In-spite of the massive clean up the damage to the environment was irreversible as the oil spill continue to have devastating effects. Ongoing studies showed that the oil spill would forever change the…

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