On July 10,BP hosted a private meeting at its Houston offices. As much as 20 percent of the spilled oil may have ended up on top of and in the seafloor, damaging deep sea corals and potentially damaging other ecosystems that are unseen at the surface. When will we ever learn?
The ruling on the first phase, announced in Septemberfound BP to be 67 percent culpable for the spill and thus grossly negligent. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, BP was responsible as an employer for providing a safe and healthful workplace for response workers hired by BP and its contractors.
BP declined to comment. There were some reports of deformed wildlife after the spill. While the agency retained the option of moving into an enforcement role, OSHA operated in a technical assistance role during the Deepwater Horizon response and believes that was the most effective role for this particular response.
Studies estimatebirds died as a result of being exposed to BP oil. Perhaps the most serious health hazard faced by response and cleanup workers was heat.
The first, Corexit Bp oil spill response, was considerably more toxic. Researchers are developing new dispersants that cause less environmental damage for the next spill. Is it too late to repair the damage?
The manslaughter charges against Kaluza and Vidrine were dropped in December at the request of the prosecution. Countless environmental lessons can be gleaned from this catastrophe, and BP and the nation as a whole will hopefully learn from the mistakes that were made.
OSHA continually monitored training sessions, and compliance officers conducted on-site visits at staging areas and work sites to confirm that workers received appropriate training in a format and language that the workers could understand.
We invite you to share your thoughts with us below in the comments sections. The oil slick was comparable in size to naturally occurring oil seeps and was not large enough to pose an immediate threat to wildlife.
Five years after the spill some scientists believe that injecting dispersants directly at the wellhead may not have done much to help reduce the size of the oil droplets.
Neither author has any potential or perceived competing interests to report regarding this review. Department of Justice and BP for natural resource injuries stemming from the spill. Department of the Interior, and BP and its contractors to review and discuss the results of air monitoring conducted by BP and the agencies.
OSHA assisted the Unified Command in assessing potential chemical exposures during off-shore operations.
Working in very difficult circumstances, do not assume you can easily fix what crises may erupt. Pumping continued for eight hours, at the end of which time the well was declared to be "in a static condition.
NALCO was never involved in decisions relating to the use, volume, and application of its dispersant. The ruling on the second phase, announced in Januaryset the legal amount of oil for which the involved parties would be liable at 3. Every person on the planet must be willing to do their part.
Under the NCP, the National Response Team NRTa standing group of 16 federal agencies, is responsible for interagency preparedness and response for oil and hazardous materials releases. The sampling strategy OSHA developed to support the Unified Command incorporated onshore zones, near-shore, and offshore operations.
As the result of sun, water and wave action, and other environmental factors, most of the toxic volatile components of the oil dissipated during the weeks it took to reach the shoreline and other work areas of most cleanup workers.The Deepwater Horizon Spill ‘On the night of April 20,the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, located 72 kilometers offshore southeast of Venice, Louisiana, exploded and caught fire, resulting in the deaths of eleven workers.
Apr 18, · TWO YEARS AGO, AT THE APEX of the worst moment in the history of BP—one of the worst for any company ever, actually—I sat with then CEO Tony Hayward at his emergency command center in Houston. Under the Council-Selected Restoration Component, commonly referred to as "Bucket 2", the RESTORE Council as awarded grants and interagency agreements in each of the Gulf Coast states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, as well as Gulf-wide projects and programs, which are those projects or programs in two are more of these.
Environment BP oil spill: Disaster by numbers The scale of the BP oil spill can be hard to take in. Now, five months on, these shocking figures reveal the extent of. Deepwater Horizon oil spill ofalso called Gulf of Mexico oil spill oflargest marine oil spill in history, caused by an April 20,explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig—located in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 41 miles (66 km) off the coast of Louisiana—and its subsequent sinking on April Oil appears on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the coast of Mobile, Alabama, on May 6, BP claimed that an oil spill cleanup operation would give.Download