The Issue Facing Bp Pre Oil Spill

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Introduction On Tuesday, April 20, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon rig burned for 36 hours, combusting 700,00 gallons of oil leaving a trail of smoke over 30 miles long and spilling 53,000-62,000 barrels of oil into the Gulf per day from April 20 and July 15. As of 2010, the Deepwater Horizon disaster was the largest marine oil spill ever to occur in U.S. water. Oil was found on the shores of all five Gulf States and many birds, fish, and reptiles perished due to the oil spill (Ingersoll, 2011, p. 1-2; O’Conner, 2011, p. 1984; Bratspies, 2011). This case study will analyze the details of Major Issues Culture of complacency. The first issue facing BP pre-oil spill was their culture of complacency. In short, complacency is “the fact or state of being pleased with a thing or person” (Complacency, n.d.). Unfortunately, BP was pleased with their response to safety issues. BP avoided acknowledging that they had a week process-safety culture (Thamotheram, 2012, p. 2). First, BP had cut back on measures regarding safety and maintenance in order to cut costs. Second, after a 2009 safety audit on the Deepwater Horizon rig BP found a long list of maintenance issues. The audit found that 390 repairs need direct attention and those repairs would take more than 3,500 hours to fix (Ingersoll, 2012). External losses. The sinking of the Deepwater Horizon rigged represented a loss of $560 million for Transocean and Lloyds of London, the insurance company which had unwritten the rig. $560

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