A couple of days ago my boyfriend and I watched the film Deepwater Horizon. It depicts the true story of the oil spill that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico resulting from the oil rig Deepwater Horizon, and because I found the film to be so enthralling I thought I would do some research and learn more about what this catastrophe consisted of.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill initiated on April 20th of 2010 and is considered to be the largest accidental marine oil spill in history. The spill released approximately 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and was eventually sealed on September 19th of 2010, however it was reported in 2012 that the rig site continued to leak. Eleven individuals aboard the rig went missing and failed to be located, and the damage to marine life continues to be reported to this day.
After multiple attempts to determine the cause of the explosion of the rig and the spilled oil, the U.S. government revealed that the defective cement atop the well prompted the explosion, allowing the responsibility for this disaster to fall on the shoulders of BP (British Petroleum) and furthermore Transocean and Halliburton. In November of 2012 BP was charged with eleven counts of manslaughter, two misdemeanours and a count of lying to Congress. In July of 2015 BP paid 18.7 billion dollars in fines for this tragedy, allowing their payment to be recognized as the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history.
If you have yet to see the film Deepwater Horizon, I recommend doing so. It allowed me to gain significant insight regarding what occurred during the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, and I believe it is an environmental and humanitarian incident that deserves utmost acknowledgement in order to prevent similar catastrophes from occurring in the future. The film is both well executed and educational.