The event that I am choosing to write about is the BP oil spill in 2010. This catastrophe was cause by many different failures on the company’s part when regulating the safety of the oil rig. What cause the oil spill was a there was a fatal explosion of one the rigs crucial components. This component is called a blowout preventer. The purpose of a blowout prevent as the name implies is to prevent a huge amount of upward pressure from the drilling to build up forcing the pipes to burst. The reason that these preventers were not able to handle the pressure was because they were not designed by professional engineers. These preventers were designed however by the federal government. The preventers were put through a series of boards run by the government. During this process and at these boards no professional engineers were present to see if the preventers were going to handle the stress from the pressure. There are many things that I would have done in the design process of the preventers. One of the major differences of what I would do compared to what was done is I would have had professional engineers working on the project. This is because professional engineers have to follow a code of ethics. One of the points of the code of ethics is in Article 3 of the IEEE code of ethics for engineers’ states, that an engineer will not give nor receive any gift that they have a business relationship with. This part of the code is important because in this situation BP Oil Company made a deal with the federal government stating that due to the government regulations the oil company would not be responsible for anything in the event of an oil spill. If there were professional engineers on the job like they would have if I was running the project this deal could not have been made. Another thing that I would have done is…
January 9, 2014
Unit 9 Paper
BP Oil Spill
The BP Oil Spill, also known as the Deepwater Horizon Spill, or the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, was arguably one of the most overwhelming and ecologically hazardous events of the 21st century. It all began on April 20, 2010 when an explosion occurred at an oil and gas prospect, located in the Mississippi Canyon Block 252 (MC252) also known as the Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico. The Macondo Prospect was the site for…
explosion occurred on BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The explosion involved a loss of hydrostatic control of the well and failure of the blowout preventer equipment that allowed the release and ignition of hydrocarbon. The explosion claimed 11 lives and 205 million gallons of oil spilled into the surrounding ecosystems which made it the largest accidental oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. In response to the crisis, BP created its “Gulf of Mexico Restoration” website…
Gulf Oil Spill
July 22, 2013
Gulf Oil Spill
In 2010 America had a major disasters on its hands the BP oil spill, not only did some people die from this spill, but the oil spill contaminated the Gulf of Mexico. This was a representation of bad technology it also revealed many environmental risks that many people rather ignore. The oil spill also sparked huge outrage as to why this happened and what we must do to prevent another disaster like this. How can we…
The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: What Happens When Technology Fails & Who’s to Blame
Montclair State University
The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill that occurred in 2010 posed great economic risks to the Gulf of Mexico and raised questions as to how this event could possibly happen. This essay reviews the Deepwater Horizon’s building and purpose, two key findings in the investigation, and the evidence provided in the Section 4 Overview of the Deepwater…
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Even though Exxon has made a commitment to the environment after the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound in Alaska they have somewhat abandoned many of their public advertising campaigns in terms of their eco friendliness. Part of the reason is that many people now associated the “big” oil disaster with BP and the spill off the coast of Florida. In addition to spending money on many environmental impact programs they are currently involved in promoting…
Feminism in Asia
Assertions of Self: The Nascent Women's Movement in Central Asia. 1995.
Through the lens of modern Chinese literature, Gender Politics in Modern China explores the relationship between gender and modernity, notions of the feminine and masculine, and shifting arguments for gender equality in China.
Ranging from interviews with contemporary writers, to historical accounts of gendered writing in Taiwan and semi-colonial China, to close feminist readings of individual authors…
Drilling: Dangerous or Useful?
Deep sea drilling is becoming more of a problem as oil companies are finding ways to drill deeper into the earth’s surface. The water pressures at depths of 7,000 feet under the surface are as much as 200 times that of the atmosphere (Margolis). Companies continue to drill not knowing if they will be successful in discovering oil. Although deep sea drilling makes up almost 10% of our oil supply, there is much harm that comes with it (Hargreaves). If something were to…
BP OIL SPILL
GLENN, JOSE, KENDRA KENDRICK, LEROY, ROBERT
• ON APRIL 20, 2010, THE OIL RIG DEEPWATER HORIZON ALSO KNOWN AS THE BP
OIL SPILL HAD A DIRE MALFUNCTION. BOTH ITS MANUAL AND EMERGENCY
BLOWOUT PREVENTERS FAILED TO DEPLOY WHEN THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO
BECAME A REALITY.
• THE INITIAL OIL RIG EXPLOSION KILLED 11 PEOPLE AND INJURED 17 OTHERS.
• DUMPED NEARLY FIVE MILLION BARRELS OF OIL (THE EQUIVALENT OF OVER 200
MILLION GALLONS) INTO THE GULF OF…
BP oil spill is ranked as the largest environmental disaster in the world history. As the oil from BP spill washes ashore, people on Gulf Coast are suffering huge damages they have never met before. The U.S. government estimates that up to 60,000 barrels of oil a day are spewing out from the damaged BP drilling rig to Gulf of Mexico. It has ruined the shoreline, killed animal and sea life, threaten the ecosystem and harmed the tourism and fishing in Louisiana. After the spilling happened, US government…