The British Petroleum Oil Spill Essay

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ntroduction There’s an estimated three and a half thousand oil platforms that spread throughout the central planning area in the Gulf of Mexico with the majority of them no further than 50 miles away from the shores of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Across the shorelines is home to the wetlands, a paradise ecosystem for many species that live there. Much of it is inaccessible and untouched from human activity. In 2010 an event that caught the attention of almost everyone occurred. An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oilrig that caused a huge oil leak producing devastating effects caused by a simple mistake that should not of happened in the first place. Because of this, several consequence’s had occurred from it and many research…show more content…
GDP per capita is an approximation of the value of goods produced per person which can also be known as the average income per person which is $50,700 (2012 est.) placing the US 14th in the world in GDP per capita. The United States government has a constitutional republic where a legitimately elected head of state and other officials are representatives for the people and they must govern according to existing constitutional law that limits the power of the government's from the citizens Magnitude of Problem For 87 days oil spilled out of the failed BP Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer at an estimated 5,000 barrels per day. The enormous magnitude of this problem is almost impossible to measure due to the limited amount data available collect as only a significant amount that was released into the sea actually surfaced. As the majority of the oil has either spread throughout the Gulf of Mexico beneath the surface via currents or settled down at the bottom of the sea bed 5,000 feet below surface. The well is 5,000 meters below depth so and only a fraction of the oil that rose to the surface and what got washed ashore. At the time these calculations were made (July 14, 2010) approximately 50% of the oil
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