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Oil Spill

An oil spill can be defined as an accidental or deliberate dumping of oil or petroleum products into the ocean and its coastal waters, bays, and harbors, or onto land, or into rivers or lakes (Holum 1977). Between one and ten million metric tons (one metric ton is 1000 kilograms) of oil are put into the oceans every year. The oil is released, most often, in small yet consistent doses from tankers, industry, or on shore waste disposal (Boesh, Hersher, et al. 1974). Tanker spills cost the United...

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Bp Oil Spill

The BP Oil Spill “Thank God men cannot fly and lay waste to sky, as well as the earth,” said Henry David Thoreau on environmental damage. The BP, or British Petroleum, Gulf oil spill has been widely referred to as the biggest environmental disaster that the United States has ever faced, with over four million gallons of oil pouring into the waters off the Mexican Gulf Coast. The BP oil spill occurred in April of 2010. It was, and still is, the biggest oil spill in all of U.S. history. The massive...

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BP Oil Spill

 BP OIL SPILL IN 2010 April 20th was a tragic day for BP and the crew of the Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon. “Floating fifty-two miles off the coast of Louisiana in 5,000 feet of water was an oil rig drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.” (Hoffman, 2010) What unfolded next will go down in history as the worst accidental oil spill in the world. “The oil well a mile below the surface of the Gulf blew up from high-pressure methane gas expanding into the drill. As a result of...

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BP oil spill

Deepwater Horizon Assignment On April 20th 2010 a BP licenses oil rig 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana exploded, killing 11 people.  For three months millions of barrels of oil poured into the Gulf of Mexico killing sea life, altering the eco-system and affecting towns situated around the Gulf’s livelihood and quality of life.  The Deepwater Horizon rig is responsible for the worst offshore oil spill in history. The corporation lost billions of dollars due to the disaster stemming for systematic...

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Bp Oil Spill Globalization

result of the oil spill the Obama administration imposed a six month moratorium on new deep water drilling operations which ended on the 12th of October. For twenty years previous to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico there had been a total ban on deep water off shore drilling. But during his presidency, Barack Obama lifted the barriers to allow deepwater drilling to take place and his reasons for doing this were said to be to reduce the reliance on importing oil in from abroad. The oil spill, however...

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Deepwater Horizon oil spill

 Deepwater Horizon oil spill July 5, 2010 Word count: Background: BP plc is a British-based global energy company which is the third largest energy company and it is the United Kingdom’s largest corporation the fourth largest company in the world (BP, Wikipedia). Its name is initials of the company’s former legal names British Petroleum. British Petroleum merged with Amoco...

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Oil Spills

Questions: What are the environmental implications of oil spills? What legislative policies have been instituted to mitigate the possibility of future oil spills? How are oil spills cleaned up and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each method? What type of research and innovation surrounding oil spills has been done to prevent their occurrence? In order to foster an environment for emerging technologies and higher standards of living, the United States, Canada and many other nations...

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Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill ABSTRACT In March of 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. An eighteen foot wide hole was ripped into the hull, and 10.9 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the ocean. In the following weeks, many things transpired. This paper will discuss the cleanup, the damage, and the results of the biggest oil spill in United States history. On March 24, 1989, in Prince William Sound Alaska, the Exxon Valdez was moving...

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occurs today is oil spills. The first major oil spill happened during World War II on the East Coast of the United States and spilled about 590,000 tons of oil. The most recent oil spill happened last year in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico and about 190,120,055 gallons of oil leaked into the Gulf. Oil spills have affected our marine life, seafood industry, houses, health, and fossil fuels. Our world will never be the same after these horrifying spills that are destroying our environment. Oil is a source...

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The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

THE EXXON VALDEZ OIL SPILL Whats an oil spill ? Oil spills happen when people make mistakes or are careless and cause an oil tanker to leak oil into the ocean. There are a few more ways an oil spill can occur. Equipment breaking down may cause an oil spill. If the equipment breaks down, the tanker may get stuck on shallow land. When they start to drive the tanker again, they can put a hole in the tanker causing it to leak oil. The Exxon Valdez oil spill: On March 24, 1989 at 4 minutes past...

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