The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

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Samuel Goodman GEO- 215 / M001 Professor Read November 2014 The Deepwater Horizon oil spill, also known as the BP oil spill was located in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. This was the largest due to the impact it had on the environment. The oil company British Petroleum, chartered a mobile drilling rig that was drilling a deep exploratory well thousands of feet below the sea level. The rig was located in the Macondo Prospect in the Mississippi Canyon. The spill was first discovered when large amounts of oil were starting to spread around the rig site. This leak is considered to be one of the worst human inflicted disasters to have ever taken place. It has been an important topic in both political and economic discussions and an extremely costly event. BP has taken the blame for the spill, but a problem with the rig was what initiated the disaster when methane from the well rose into the rig and ignited it. This could have been avoided if there were more safety regulations in place and a better security net. Both the government and oil companies should ensure their equipment and drilling methods are completely safe before putting the environment at such risk. Professor David Valentine from the University of California, Santa Barbara is a prominent oil spill researcher and has spent months researching the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and attempting to figure out what really happened. He is the director of the Valentine lab at the university, which focuses on the
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