Deepwater Horizon Disaster Essay

3332 WordsAug 10, 201514 Pages
Introduction ‘Oil’ symbolically represents unctuous traits, which grants its possessors the power to continuously slip away. Not because they produce oil, but because they can capitalize on the tolerance thresholds of the oil dependent populace and governing regulators whose very prominent, unquenchable and unstoppable oil-addiction has resulted in higher tolerance levels mentioned above. It’s not the power of oil producers, but the power of ‘requirements oil can fulfill’ which by diminishing or expanding can toy with the power of law keepers who seem to be hard wired with this notion – that oil is irreplaceable, and with the oil producers who seem to think (currently right) that the demand can never recede. Thanks to an amalgamation of events of greater tolerance and instances of inability to think beyond oil, on the fateful night of 20th April 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, the United States of America saw the largest offshore oil spill in its history and massive resultant repercussions. The British Petroleum (BP) oil rig, the Deepwater Horizon / Macondo well, witnessed a series of blasts which eventually sank the rig 36 hours later. All this owing to a single dysfunctional seal – a blowout preventer that failed BP (and the regulators) in the critical period of high tubular pressure led emergency. Unfortunately, the rig did not go down alone, 11 deaths and many injuries were reported from the offshore site. Also, the un-sealed well spewed millions of barrels of crude oil into the gulf about forty miles off the Louisiana coast for 87 days until BP managed to transitorily cap the well in July. Although, the well was finally completely sealed in the third week of September in 2010, this accident saw negative ecological and environmental, economic, political and reputational

More about Deepwater Horizon Disaster Essay

Open Document