The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

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A major example of our failure to learn from the past was the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which happened on 20 April 2010. The whole explosion which devastated the oil platform caused 11 deaths. These deaths could have been prevented if BP Oil, the operators of the platform, had only heeded the lessons of the past. “Learn from the mistakes of the past or you will be doomed to repeat them,” is a statement used by historical scholars. This statement holds true for many areas of life, from politics to human tragedies to war, but it holds the most weight when it comes to learning from mistakes made when responding to manmade disasters, in particular oil spills. When comparing to the past events, there are similarities in many cases that are evident. If BP had taken what was learned from the many accidents in the past, and applied it going forward, the Deep Horizon disaster might have been preventable. The main lesson to be learned from the Deepwater Horizon for anyone operating in the field is that safety cannot be disregarded in the quest for earnings. When the lives of your workers, and to some extent the world, are in the balance, corporations need to make use of all avenues of safety available. The very first thing that is often disregarded in the pursuit of profit is safety. This is the issue when dealing with large corporations and the pressures to the shareholders to be profitable. Introduction (with Scope) (3 pages) Oil Spills, their impact on the environment,

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