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BP Oil Spill
Transcript of BP Oil Spill
By: Jack Jobst Thesis:
Many people did not consider the possibility of having an oil spill and efforts to find a solution were saw out only after the disaster had occurred MODs:
Environment April 20 - explosion and fire on Deepwater Horizon rig...kill 11 crew men (BP Oil) Oil companies and government agencies involved were woefully underprepared for this disaster. Significant improvement still needs to be made in how the government fulfulls its over sight responsibilities. The oil indsutry must also make significant steps to improve the safety of offshore drilling. (Statement) (Solomon) Wasting Money BP, PLC, operator of the runway Macondo well in Gulf of Mexico has spent $3.12 billion on oil spill response efforts since an April 20 blowout (Dittrick) BP agreed this April to voluntarily provide $1 billion for oil spill restoration...Five states bordering the Gulf will get $100 million and the rest will be spent on federally approved state projects (Gulliot) (Dawson) Some 44,500 people, about 6,560 vessels, and more than 110 aircraft were engaged in response (Dittrick) (USdepartmentofenergy) Natural Resources April 24, 1st estimate, 1,000 barrels...a day
April 28, new estimate...5,000 barrels a day
May 27, estimate...at 12,000 to 19,000 barrels a day
June 15, new estimate...35,000 to 60,000 barrels a day
August 2, total spill was put at 4.9 million barrels (BP Oil) USCG hired a contractor to remove the tar balls. A total of 35 gal. of sand seaweed-tar was recovered in Crystal beach on the Bolivar Peninsula and on East Beach in Galveston...largest being the size of a pingpong ball (Dittrick) (Emily) The disaster was a double whammy for Louisiana because erosion and land loss have already degraded the state's costal ecosystem. That state's fish, shipping, oil drilling and tourism industries intimately tie Gulf Coast communities to the health of the land and water (Guillot) May 2nd, fishing banned in federal Gulf waters from the Mississippi river to Pensacola
June 15, Obama declares "oil spill is the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced"
("BP Oil") (Solomon) (Solomon) Environment When the federal government failed to respond to the disaster in a timely way, locals had to improvise a plan on the fly. They rigged their own vacuum barges to suck oil out of the march, created dams, and put oil absorbent booms at the entrances to waterways (Guillot) One year after the explosion...communities all along the Gulf of Mexico are still battling the impacts...while only a few scattered traces of oil remain, those living in the area are uncertain about what else may eventually haunt their waters, seafood, and livelihoods. (Guillot) Guillot, Craig. “Oil Spill: Year One.” Planning 77.6 (2011): 12-7. ProQuest Research
Library. Web. 16 Nov. 2011
Dittrick, Paula. “BP’s Bill for Oil Spill Response Tops $3 Billion.” Oil & Gas Journal
Jul 12 2010: 26-7. ProQuest. Web. 16 Nov. 2011
“Statement by Sen. Coons on Report from BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Commission.” United States, Lanham: Federal Information & News Dispatch,
Inc, 2011. ProQuest Library. Web. 15 Nov. 2011
“BP Oil Spill: Timeline of Disaster.” Orlando Sentinel: A.2. ProQuest Newsstand. Oct
17 2010. Web. 18 Nov. 2011
Dawson, Gloria. Poor Patrick. 22 June 2010. The Daily Green. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov.
Emily. BP Oil Spill in the Gulf, Two Months Later. 22 June 2010. Freshness Mag. N.p.,
n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2011.
Solomon, Bobby. The BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 2 May 2010. The Fox is Black.
N.p., n.d. Web 21 Nov. 2011.
USdepartmentofenergy. “BP Oil Spill Footage (High Def) – Leak at 4840’ – June 3 2010
(1 of 4).” Address.