BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill April 20,2010

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  • On April 20, 2010A wellhead on the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform blew out in the Gulf of Mexico about 40 miles southeast of the Louisiana coastlineBritish Petroleum (BP)’s claim: “minimal impact”independent scientists’ opinion: a “disaster” (the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history) Sources: 1. http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2010/06/ethical-questions-surrounding-the-bp-oil-spill/2. Interview with Sky News television, May 18, 2010 (http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/stupidquotes/a/gulf-oil-spill-quotes.htm)
  • Oil spill flowed for three monthsAbout 4.9 million barrels (780,000 m3) of petroleum releasekilled and injured workers:11 and 17, respectivelyExtensive damages: marine and wildlife habitats fishing and tourism industriesSources:1. Hoch, Maureen (2010-08-02). "New Estimate Puts Gulf Oil Leak at 205 Million Gallons ". PBS NewsHour (MacNeil/Lehrer Productions). Retrieved 2010-12-19.2. Welch, William; Joyner, Chris (2010-05-25). “Memorial Services Honors 11 Dead Oil Rig Workers“. USA Today. Retrieved 2010-05-26.3. http://julielarios.blogspot.com/2010/06/poetry-friday-oil-spill.html
  • Sources:1. Hoch, Maureen (2010-08-02). "New Estimate Puts Gulf Oil Leak at 205 Million Gallons". PBS NewsHour (MacNeil/Lehrer Productions). Retrieved 2010-12-19.2. Welch, William; Joyner, Chris (2010-05-25). "Memorial Services Honors 11 Dead Oil Rig Workers “ . USA Today. Retrieved 2010-05-26.3. http://julielarios.blogspot.com/2010/06/poetry-friday-oil-spill.html
  • Extensive damages: fishing and tourism industries
  • As of November 2, 2010, 6,814 dead animals had been collected:6,104 birds, 609 sea turtles, 100 dolphins and other mammals, and 1 other reptileFrom April to June 21, 143 oil spill exposure caseswere reported to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH)Sources: 1. http://www.restorethegulf.gov/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/Consolidated%20Wildlife%20Table%20110210.pdf2. Collection Report (PDF). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. July 5, 20103. "Louisiana DHH Releases Oil Spill-Related Exposure Information ". Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals(DHH). 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  • As of November 2, 2010, 6,814 dead animals had been collected:6,104 birds, 609 sea turtles, 100 dolphins and other mammals, and 1 other reptileFrom April to June 21, 143 oil spill exposurecaseswere reported to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH)Sources: 1. http://www.restorethegulf.gov/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/Consolidated%20Wildlife%20Table%20110210.pdf2. Collection Report (PDF). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. July 5, 20103. "Louisiana DHH Releases Oil Spill-Related Exposure Information ". Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals(DHH). 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  • As of November 2, 2010, 6,814 dead animals had been collected:6,104 birds, 609 sea turtles, 100 dolphins and other mammals, and 1 other reptileFrom April to June 21, 143 oil spill exposure caseswere reported to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH)Sources: 1. http://www.restorethegulf.gov/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/Consolidated%20Wildlife%20Table%20110210.pdf2. Collection Report (PDF). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. July 5, 20103. "Louisiana DHH Releases Oil Spill-Related Exposure Information ". Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals(DHH). 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  • As of November 2, 2010, 6,814 dead animals had been collected:6,104 birds, 609 sea turtles, 100 dolphins and other mammals, and 1 other reptileFrom April to June 21, 143 oil spill exposure caseswere reported to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH)Sources: 1. http://www.restorethegulf.gov/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/Consolidated%20Wildlife%20Table%20110210.pdf2. Collection Report (PDF). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. July 5, 20103. "Louisiana DHH Releases Oil Spill-Related Exposure Information ". Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals(DHH). 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  • As of November 2, 2010, 6,814 dead animals had been collected:6,104 birds, 609 sea turtles, 100 dolphins and other mammals, and 1 other reptileFrom April to June 21, 143 oil spill exposure caseswere reported to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH)Sources: 1. http://www.restorethegulf.gov/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/Consolidated%20Wildlife%20Table%20110210.pdf2. Collection Report (PDF). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. July 5, 20103. "Louisiana DHH Releases Oil Spill-Related Exposure Information ". Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals(DHH). 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2010-06-16.
  • Source: http://www.oceansnorth.org/bp-oil-spill-anniversary
  • Sources:1. Pagnamenta, Robin (2010-05-26). "Lloyd's syndicates launch legal action over BP insurance claim ". The Times. Retrieved 2010-05-26.2. "BP, Transocean Lawsuits Surge as Oil Spill Spreads in Gulf ". Bloomberg. 2010-05-01. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  • He is also taking the moral high ground by taking responsibilty and showing great virtue. Obama forced BP to set up a small fund of 20 billion dollars. UtilitarianismUsing achieving the greatest good for the greatest number of peopleRead more: Ethical Theorieshttp://www.medindia.net/education/familymedicine/biomedical-ethics-theories.htm#ixzz1SzBQ8MrP
  • referring to a $20 billion fund for damages that President Obama pressured BP to set up Barton, the biggest recipient of oil and gas industry campaign contributions in the House of Representatives, was later forced by Republican leaders to apologize. Who is taking the right course of action? Should politians be allowed to take campaign contributions from companies?
  • Larry Curly and Moe the three stooges. Lack any virtue by disavowing any responsibility, likely on the advice of lawyers.
  • Two quotes and a poster from Greenpeace. Each blaming the other. How did Green peace protesters travel from around the world to protest in Mississippi. Is either party morally right?
  • The U.S. Minerals Management Service 1.3 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil production (96.3 percent) and 7.4 billion cubic feet per day of gas (Bcfd) production (82.3).. The Gulf is the source of 25 percent of domestic oil and 15 percent of the natural gas. More than a third of U.S. refining capacity is on the U.S. Gulf Coast. http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/08/31/us-storm-gustav-impact-idUSN3047239520080831Note all the oil wells that are just off shore.Are Sarah Pallin and Rushlimba correct? Is it moral for a “news person” and politian to state either an outright lie or semi truth.
  • You may remember that Tony Hayward spent time Yachting and at in a race prior to leaving for Louisiana.
  • Again a complete lack of Virtue.
  • On April 29, The New York Times reported that Hayward, apparently exasperated, turned to fellow executives in his London office and asked, “What the hell did we do to deserve this?" (A possible answer might be the company's 760 safety violations over the last three years. ExxonMobil, in contrast, has had just one.)
  • Louisiana Gov. Jindal took a number of reporters on a tour of the coast to counter the report made by Brit Hume.Do news agencies have a responsibility report news only or is it morally right to provide commentary as well?Does this raise the question that advertisers are influencing how news is reported?
  • President Obama issued a moratorium against off shore drilling. All out of work does not matter that the company they worked for is profitable and has many customers. Are they casualties of the utilitarianism theory?
  • The oils spill was the largest in US history. Where many people showed their true selves from Tony Hayward, Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, the heads of BP America, Transocean, Haliburtan, and Joe Barton.
  • BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill April 20,2010

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    2. 2. BP Oil Spill AgendaNature ofEventConsequences Health issue Environmental Issue Social Issue Economic Issue Legal & Political IssueEthical IssuesConclusionQ&A 2
    3. 3. BP Oil Spill "I think the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to have been very, very modest." —Tony Hayward, CEO BP Oil. interview with SkyApril 20, 2010 News television, May 18, 2010A wellhead on the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform blew out in the Gulf of MexicoAbout 4.9 million barrels (780,000 m3) of petroleum released 3
    4. 4. BP Oil SpillConsequences 4
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    7. 7. BP Oil SpillFrom April to June 21, 143 oil spill exposure cases were reported to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) 7
    8. 8. BP Oil SpillBy November20106,104 birds 8
    9. 9. BP Oil Spill609 SeaTurtles 9
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    12. 12. BP Oil SpillTourism has stopped The projected loss to Gulf tourism was estimated at more than $22 billion. http://www.oceansnorth.org/bp-oil-spill- anniversary 12
    13. 13. BP Oil Spill By May 26 of 2010, over 130 lawsuits relating to the spill had been filed against BP and some other companies: Transocean, Cameron International Corporation, and Halliburton Energy Services New legislation dealing with preventativeFrom Apriland cleanup improvements security to June 21, 143 oil spill exposure cases were reported to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) 13
    14. 14. BP Oil SpillFrom April to June 21, 143 oil spill exposure cases were reported to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) 14
    15. 15. BP Oil SpillIn case youre wondering whosresponsible, I take responsibility. It ismy job to make sure that everything isdone to shut this down.If laws were broken, leading to deathand destruction, my solemn pledge is,we will bring those responsible to From April to June 21, 143justice oil spill exposure cases were reported to the Louisiana-- President Obama Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) 15
    16. 16. BP Oil Spill“I think it is a tragedy in the first proportion that aprivate corporation can be subjected to what I wouldcharacterize as a shakedown -- in this case a $20billion shakedown ... I apologize. I do not want to live ina county where anytime a citizen or a corporation doessomething that is legitimately wrong, [it is] subject tosome sort of political pressure again." —Rep. JoeBarton (R-Tex.) 16
    17. 17. BP Oil Spill It is Halliburtons’ TransoceanNot our messed up. fault. fault. Larry Curly and MoeFrom April to June 21, 143 oil spill exposure cases were reported to the Louisiana Probert - Pres. Halliburton McKay –American of Health and Hospitals Department Newman - Pres. Transocean (DHH) Pres. BP 17
    18. 18. BP Oil Spill"What better way to head off moreoil drilling, nuclear plants, than byblowing up a rig? Im just notingthe timing, here." —RushLimbaugh, suggesting that"environmentalist whackos" blewup the oil well 18
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    21. 21. BP Oil Spill Theres no one who wants this over more than I do. I would likemy life back." —BP CEOTony Hayward, May 31, 2010 21
    22. 22. BP Oil SpillNot these people 22
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    25. 25. BP Oil Spill "Yeah, of course I am." Tony are yousleeping at night 25
    26. 26. BP Oil Spill“There aren’t anyplums."BP CEO TonyHayward, May 31, 2010 26
    27. 27. BP Oil Spill “What the hell did we do to deserve this?“ Tony Hayward …The New York Times, April 29,2010•760 safety violationsin the past 3 years.•Oh… largest oil spillin US history. 27
    28. 28. BP Oil SpillTheres a goodquestion today if you The oil is here. It is onare standing on the our shores and in ourgulf, and that is: Where marsh. -- Louisiana Gov.is the oil? ... Its not on - Bobby Jindal after- except for little of touring southernchunks of it, youre not Plaquemines Parish Mayeven seeing it on the 19th .shore yet. -- Fox Newspolitical analyst BritHume May 16th. 28
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