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  • Posted By: genius
  • Date Posted: 11/01/2010
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Words: 689
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BP’s Response to the Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

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BP’s Response to the Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico


Many people have believed that British Petroleum did not respond very effectively to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The biggest complaint has been that the government and BP gave inaccurate estimates on the severity of the oil spill itself. When most people were thinking it was just going to be a regular oil spill that could be cleaned up easily it turned out to be anything but. BP was blamed for stating that the magnitude of flow from the oil was only one to five thousand barrels of oil per day, but the actual estimate was much more. The actual estimates were over 60,000 barrels of oil per day that were flowing into the ocean. These inaccurate statements started the fire for complaints against BP that ended up spiraling out of control. BP was spending more time trying to put out the fire with the media; that they were unable to concentrate fully on the response to the oil spill.


It was not until BP denied media access to the spill zones that they were finally able to concentrate on the spill. BP responded as effectively as they could for such a large spill that covered a vast part of the ocean. The blowout pipe was over one mile down into the ocean, which was too far down for divers to reach, so the BP response team had to use remotely operated vehicles. BP was also criticized for their response methods due to the burning, dispersants, skimming, and clean up of the oil on top of the ocean. The inaccurate estimates on the magnitude of the flow, as well as the inaccurate estimates on the remaining oil is what created the opinion that BP and the government were incompetent to handle a disaster of ...

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