BP oil spill
disaster is considered as one of the largest disasters of its
magnitude in the US history and thus, one of the largest man-made
disasters with huge negative impact on the environment. On 20th
April 2010, here was an explosion on the Deep-water Horizon
drilling rig, which led to the complete sinking of the offshore rig
as well as
continued for 87 days. Methane gas in the well expanded to the
riser and eventually, to the rig. High-pressured gas got inflamed
and led to explosion. Two days later, Deep-water Horizon sank in
the water completely.
During a routine operation at 9:41pm, an explosion took place on the deep-water horizon, leading to complete destruction of the rig and more importantly, loss of lives. This paper show more content
There was an undue increase in pressure, which the personnel on the rig falsely described as the bladder effect. Due to this, no rig crew was able to discern the mud movement up the riser till it got too late to react. Different procedures were carried out to try to recover but it all proved abortive.
This event has gone down in history as one of the largest offshore oil spills in history (BP, 2010).
Eye Witness Reports
The eyewitness reports highlight certain comments made by survivors of the incident during and, in some cases, after the disaster.
Wyman was convinced something was not right. The captain came beck to me saying we can EDS but I said I already did- Chris Pleasant, Subsea Supervisor, Transocean.
I told myself, you either get up of you lay here and die. My right leg was hung on something but I pulled it away and came free. Then, I felt something that felt like air. I made it to the hallway and I realized that what I thought was air was actually methane and I could actually feel the droplets. It was moist at the side of my face. Miles Randy Ezell, Senior Toolpusher, Transocean. (Seconds from
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