British Petroleum's Crisis Handling Practice

1113 Words May 1st, 2016 5 Pages
In 2010 British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon oilrig1 suffered a devastating explosion that resulted in the death of 11 workers and initiated the largest marine oil spill the world had or has ever seen (Pallardry). This spill also became the largest offshore environmental disaster in United States history (Elliot). Over 200 million gallons of crude oil were pumped into the Gulf of Mexico (Hoch), polluting over 16,000 coastal miles in the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas (Mackey). The spill and subsequent coastal pollution impacted the environment negatively, causing harm to natural resources and especially wildlife, the affects of which are still being witnessed today (Elliot). The surrounding communities to the areas affected by this incident also suffered financial hardships that are continuing to be realized (Gallucci). This paper will examine the details surrounding the Deep Horizon spill, the aftermath, and a review of British Petroleum’s crisis handling practice that was used in this event.
British Petroleum (BP) is one of the largest integrated oil and gas2 corporations in the world. The organization focuses on the creation of fuels for energy (heating/light), transportation, lubricants, and petrochemicals. BP was founded in 1908 as an organization that first began exploring for oil in the land of Persia. Today, British Petroleum is a multi-national company that owns such common consumer brands as Castrol.…
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