Still to this day, the Gulf War oil spill remains the worst disaster of its kind. This spill resulted in the death of over 10 thousand sea birds and threatened sea turtles and marine mammals in the surrounding areas (Baumann, 2001). The second largest oil spill was the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, also known as the Gulf of Mexico, or BP Oil Spill that occurred more recently in 2010. This oil spill was caused by a surge of natural gases resulting in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig. The explosion occurred while workers were at the rig attempting to activate the blow-out preventer, this BOP malfunctioned and the rig exploded killing 11 workers and injuring 17.
In the six hours of grounding, the Exxon Valdez spilled 10.9 million gallons of its 53 million gallon cargo of Prudhoe Bay Crude, 8 out of the 11 tanks on board were damaged. As a result, the event affected more than 1,100 miles of non-continuous coastline was damaged. The Exxon Valdez oil spill had a lot of negative effects. The oil spill was a kind of domino affect, it had a terrible impact o the environment, which led to a economic downfall, which consequently affected social norms. The goal of this paper is to look at the
The event is the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 which is also called the Gulf Oil spill of 2010. The Deepwater Horizon spill happened on April 20th, 2010 but didn’t start affecting things until April 22nd, 2010 because the oil rig had caught fire and sunk into the atlantic ocean and polluted surrounding areas. Supporters of the oil spill that were affected by the oil spill were all lined up in boats on June 2nd, 2010 were protesting. Also since people were protesting somebody wrote on the side of their boat in bright orange letters “44 days still pumping BP lied” and later got arrested for refusing to move their boat after authorities had asked. Also something else happened in June of 2010 the president at the time former president Barrack
As Crane said, “The plan of the oiler and the correspondent was for one to row until he was no longer able… The oiler worked the oars until his head dropped forward and the overpowering sleep blinded him;” (10). He didn’t deserved to lose his life after such a hard work, but his death highlights the fact that nature is arbitrary in how it chooses its victims. Ironic is the fact
Good post Fausto, Its interesting to note that, as you point out, the Exxon Valdez disaster occurred in part because of corner cutting and general neglectfulness on the part of the Exxon corporation and Exxon Shipping. The fact that such wreckless disregard for proper safety measures was common in the oil industry is a disturbing revelation. The ecological damage caused by the Exxon Valdez disaster was unprecedented. It 's frightening to think we could 've had more incidents like this because the oil industry was willing to hire skeleton crews to man their oil tankers to save some money.
Even though the hurricane only physically hit some southern states such as Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, this catastrophic event affected all of the United States. Before it even made landfall, the storm was already causing damage in the Gulf. The Gulf was the center of oil production for the nation, but was greatly impacted as the hurricane took the route through the Gulf to enter the United States. Oil production went down 92 %, causing a temporary shutdown until safe to begin production again. The entire U.S. was not prepared for the wrath of Katrina.
For example, there was an enormous amount of mercury being dumped in the ocean in the past when people were not aware about the impact the mercury would have to the marine life (Oceanus Magazine). Coastal sediments tend to have levels of mercury that was dumped years ago (ibid). Some mercury in the ocean can come from natural resources such as volcanic eruptions (ibid). On the other hand two-thirds of mercury in the ocean are from human activities (ibid). Also, according to, “How Did Toxic Mercury Get Into Fish?” it states that, “The biggest single source is the burning of fossil fuels, especially coal, which releases 160 tons of mercury a year into the air in the United States alone.
Specifically, 80% of the pollution that’s in the ocean, is because of us. According to “The Oceans Are Drowning in Plastic - And No One is Paying Attention,” Jenna Jambeck said that if something is not done, the plastic in the ocean will double by 2025. 19 billion pounds of trash get dumped into the ocean each year! But out of all that garbage, plastic is the number one trash that is found in the ocean. Humans, we might not realize it, but, from our horrible actions, we have infected our waters with tons of trash.
The Tohoku Earthquake was the most powerful earthquake recorded to have hit Japan. The earthquake was a magnitude 9.0 off the coasts of Japan that occurred at 2:46pm on Friday 11 March 2011, which triggered a powerful tsunami that reached the height up to 10.4 meters. A Japanese National Police Agency reported 15,889 deaths, 6,152 injured, and 2,601 people missing, 127,290 buildings totally collapse, 272,788 buildings half collapse, and another 747,989 buildings partially damaged. The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami caused severe structural damage in northeastern Japan, including heavy damage to roads, railways and dams, not to mention fires in many areas. It was the toughest and the most difficult crisis in Japan after the World War 2 leaving
The overall effects of dispersants on the marine environment are unknown and if that does not scary, there is no scientific data on the effects. Corexit was used without even knowing the precise scope and severity of impact. Although, the accidental release of oil was bad, but what is even worse is using a dispersant that causes a lot more problems than it solves. In addition to causing a lot of problems it has never been used in such large
The Levee breaches led to massive flooding, hundred and thousands of the people affected from the storm from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were displaced from their homes, and experts estimate that Katrina caused more than $100 billion in damage. (http://www.history.com/topics/hurricane-katrina) .The Ninth Ward and St. Bernard Parish were under so much water that people had to run to attics and rooftops for safety. And soon enough nearly 80 percent of the city was under some quantity of water. The government in particular was unprepared for a disaster like this. Officials, even the president at the time, George W. Bush, was unaware of how bad things were in New Orleans and didn’t know how to deal with something this terrible.
You all have been hearing don’t pollute your whole life, but it still happens. Pollution is a huge problem especially in the ocean, the ocean plays a vital role to our survival and with all polluting it, it causes problems for us in the long run. Pollution causes a lot of damage to the ecosystems that live in the ocean and the ocean itself. When the oil spill happened in the Gulf of Mexico that was a bad disaster, that was man made that hurt an ecosystem in ocean. All that oil spread throughout the ocean causing a lack of sunlight to penetrate through the water deep making it hard for plants to grow and or prosper.
What is environmental racism and what populations of people does it affect.evironmental, global warmIng, racism, In justice.explain how environmental racism causing a lot of damage to people.how racism is affecting our environment. the environmentalal people live can affect the way they raised. some people have died, some people have to go to jail over this issue government with rich people. environmental racism is something that all. biggest oil refinery in u.s. leaves burned to a crisp.
While the quality of water is important for many individuals, wasting water in the matter they do can seem like a major crime. The Congressional Digest also says that fracking is a huge waste of water, and is one of the biggest wastes of water around. Millions of gallons of water are dumped into the soil to pop up these natural gases, and its no longer useful once it comes back. In fact the water that goes down into these holes, does come back up, however once it comes back up with the gas and oil, it is no longer the water we thought it was. The “flow back” or water that returns to the surface, does not always come back up,“…less than 30 percent to more than 70 percent of the original fracture fluid volume” is brought back up, and is rendered unusable (Congressional Digest).
Valeria De Leon Mr. Mays English III 11 November 2015 Thesis Statement On April 20, 2010, the oil-drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded due to equipment failure and sank, spilling over 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico in the course of three months. The BP oil spill was the worst environmental crisis America has ever faced, damaging coastal habitats, the environment and the economy.