On April 20th 2010, BP was responsible for an oil spill that spewed 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The explosion that caused the oil spill killed 11 people and 17 more were injured. BP and other rescue companies were unable to stop the leak for 87 daysmaking it the second largest oil spill in history.
The Louisiana coast is over 400 miles long, but approximately 125 miles of its coastline is now polluted, and despite the oil well being capped in july 2010, oil still continues to wash up on shore, and continue to affect wildlife, and it will have long term effects to the people that live there. In fact, according to www.dosomething.org , 8000 animals, including birds, mammals, and sea coral, some of which are on the endangered animals list, have been killed as a direct result of the BP oil Spill. 7 animals were also added to the list of endangered animals because of the BP oil spill, including the Bluefin Tuna, Sea turtles, Brown Pelican, and migratory songbirds.
BP Oil Spill Response and Punishment
Bp reacted to the oil spill reasonably well, however the 30,000 people who rallied together to help clean up the oil from the beaches should be awarded medals for their part in the clean up. BP forked out a huge amount of money for cleanup costs, not to mention fines and settlements. The total amount reached a staggering $40 billion. In the wake of the BP oil spill, president Obama vowed to make a $20 billion oil spill response fund, and BP agreed to pay this.
Although this was not the first oil spill to happen, the BP Oil Spill in the gulf of Mexico was the most published for the sheer volume of oil that ended up in the Gulf of Mexico, and the extent of the damage to the wildlife of the coastline. For more information on oil spills, please visit some of our other articles.