Roughnecks: Oil Rig Workers
– On a bright, sunny, but breezy afternoon, I made my way out towards Mad Dog 4, an oilrig. The derrick, by definition is, a tower on top of the rig used as a crane at times for moving heavy equipment, but mostly for moving the pipe in and out of the hole, which is being drilled. It rises up from the middle of a field, standing tall and white, like the Eiffel Tower, surrounded by large blue, yellow, or white containers. There is a small sign, letting anyone know that this is the entrance of Cade 21; the dirt path is made from all the trucks, which move the rig to its current location….
Effects of the BP Oil Spill
– … Scientists were concerned that the dispersants made a spill even more toxic, increasing the danger to wildlife. The dangers are even greater when poured into the source of a spill, because they are picked up by the current and washed through the Gulf. The oil spill had tremendous effects on the health of marine wildlife as well as on human health. Immediately after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, health concerns mainly focused on people coming into direct contact with the oil and dispersants….
The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
– On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, located in the Gulf of Mexico exploded killing 11 workers and injuring 17. The oil rig sank a day-and-a-half later. The spill was referred to as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP oil spill, Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and BP oil disaster. It was first said that little oil had actually leaked into the ocean but a little over a month later the estimate was 12,000-19,000 barrels of crude oil being leaked per day. Many attempts were made to stop the leak but all failed until they capped the leak on July 15, 2010, and on September 19 the federal government declared the well “effectively dead.” In the three months that it took to finally put a sto…
BP Oil Spill and The Deep Water Horizon Accident
– … BP was fined four billion dollars in damages. During the investigation of the technical causes of the explosion, blame was thrown back and forth between the major corporations involved with the oil rig. Bp has a history of cutting costs, making them an easy target, and in an investigation, done by the National Academy of Engineering, they concluded that due to BP’s choices and cost cutting strategies, they were responsible for the explosion. BP was also criticized during this investigation for their lack of safety….
Gulf Oil Crisis
– On April 10, 2011, an oilrig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded. This explosion killed 11 crewmembers and caused the rig to sink to the bottom of the ocean. This caused an estimated 180-185 million gallons of oil to flow into the gulf. It wasn’t until July 15, 2010 until the oil was contained and stopped flowing. The Gulf was virtually covered in crude oil. There were many effects from this spill and many of them were environmental. Animals had to swim through this oil and birds that landed in it were no longer able to fly because of the heavy oil on their wings….