On April 20th, 2010, the semi-submersible oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, exploded causing one of the most catastrophic oil spills in history. The rig was owned by Transocean, a large offshore drilling contractor and leased by British Petroleum, the oil and gas giant, otherwise known as “BP.” The Deepwater Horizon rig was one of the largest deep water drilling rigs ever built, measuring 396 feet long and 256 feet wide. It burned for 36 hours until a final explosion sank it.
There were 126 crewmembers on board at the time, 11 died and many more have been injured. Since the explosion, the oil rig is believed to be spilling 60,000 barrels of crude oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico creating, an environmental and economic disaster of epic proportions.
BP has been responsible for some of the largest environmental disasters of the last decade:
- 2004 refinery explosion killed several people and injured many others
- 2005 refinery explosion at BP’s refinery in Texas City, Texas killed 15 people and injured 170 workers
- 2006 corroded pipeline caused oil spill in Prudhoe Bay
- 2008 and 2009 pipelines in Alaska were found ruptured, clogged and could have caused serious explosions.
- 2010 Congressional Committee on Energy and Commerce sent a letter to BP President John Minge outlining its concerns with BP’s poor safety record.
BP’s actions have not only affected those injured in the Deepwater Horizon explosion, but they have also impacted the businesses of fishermen, shrimpers and oystermen along the gulf coast. Additionally many businesses along the coast have been left in financial ruin from the lost business as a result of the BP oil spill.
BP is not the only bad actor in the oil and gas industry. One day after BP agreed to pay a record $4.5 billion dollar criminal fine for its role in Deepwater Horizon, another rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico demonstrating that safety continues to be a serious concern with offshore drilling.
On November 16, 2012, a Black Elk Energy rig exploded causing the deaths of 2 workers and injuring many more. The rig is located approximately 36 miles south or Port Fourchon, Louisiana. The Black Elk Energy rig is a shallow water platform pumping from a permanent wellhead.
As the competition to drill for oil continues, there are mounting concerns regarding the safety of workers on oil rigs. The U.S. government recently reported that between 2001 and 2010, there were 69 documented offshore deaths, 1,349 injuries and 858 fires and explosions on rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.
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