Gulf Oil Spill

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Gulf Deep-water Oil Spill
The Gulf oil spill is considered the worst oil spill and one of the worst environmental disasters in the U.S. history. It was April 20th, 2010, that the Deepwater BP oil rig exploded and penetrated in the Gulf of Mexico sea. The Gulf oil explosion killed 11 workers but most of the impact was on marine species such as turtles, herons, gulls, birds, fishes, and sea mammals. Moreover, 16,000 total miles of coastline have been affected, including the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida due to the release of about 4.9 million barrels of oil into the sea. The BP oil spill continued for 87 days, and even now, oil is still washing up on the shores, which has caused and might cause long-term damage
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BP, with the assistance of government agencies and others, worked together to manage the spill and mitigate its impact on the environment and human health by eradicating and dispersing the oil offshore, and by executing strategies to preserve the seashore and clean up oil that came ashore. Besides, there is still 28 percent of oil in the sea (Bryant, 2011). Every disaster is followed by fatalities, however, this disaster had double or even triple number of losses than any other disasters. The Gulf oil spill not only affected sea and marine life, but also humans who were used to live on the coastline. From the sociological perspective, it was a huge social, cultural, economic and psychological threat for the communities living across the coastlines, cleanup workers, and especially children. Firstly, oil was released into the sea; it spread out on the surface of the water and contaminated the sea and coastlines. Statistics had shown that the Gulf oil spill killed 3,902 birds, 517 turtles, 71 marine mammals and more than thousands of other wildlife animals under the sea are covered by oil during or after the disaster (Merchant, 2010). Besides, the contaminated…show more content…
It started on 20th April 2010 and continued for 87 days. It had a huge effect on the marine life and people who were living on coastlines. Due to release of 4.9 million barrels of oil in the sea, even today, the water of Gulf Mexico is contaminated. This has caused psychological, social, cultural and economic long-term and long lasting effects. More importantly, it was caused due to carelessness of government and BP oil owners as they could not manage the fire which led to this enormous disaster. It is crucial not only for government but for everyone to be precocious about their work and responsibilities which should be done honestly without threatening others
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