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Summary Week 4.doc British Petroleum Oil Spill University of Phoenix ENV/420 British Petroleum Oil Spill œOn April 20, 2010, the oil drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, operating in the Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico, exploded and sank resulting in th

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British Petroleum Oil Spill “On April 20, 2010, the oil drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, operating in the Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico, exploded and sank resulting in the death of 11 work... ers on the Deepwater Horizon and the largest spill of oil in the history of marine oil drilling operations.” (EPA, 2017) BP Oil Spill The spill began on April 20th due to the explosion. The parties involved would be British Petroleum (BP). This operation was theirs, but there were other companies involved as well. Deepwater Horizon was the rig that was performing the operation. There was also Andarko and Mitsui who were partners to BP. Immediately, all parties involved attempted to direct the spill toward the coast, and they tried to prevent the oil from spreading. The well was not capped until July 15, 2010. This was eighty-seven days later from the oil spill. (Smithsonian, 2018) “An estimated 3.19 million barrels of oil had leaked into the Gulf” during this time. (Smithsonian, 2018) Clean up began, and it is continuing today, ten years later. Laws At the time of the spill the law in place was called the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA). The purpose of this act was to allow for more oil and gas activities. It would share revenue and allowed the exchange of leases between companies. Since the BP oil spill in 2010, though, there have been significant changes to oil rig drilling laws. Ecological Risks [Show More]

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