Gulf of Mexico Oil SpillShould BP Gasoline Company be fully responsible for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In a recent article in Newsweek readers are reminded that the officials at BP were notified a few years ago that they had corrosion on the pipes that transported oil in Alaska.  These warnings were ignored.  As a consequence, oil spilled into the tundra.  When the EPA conducted an examination, there were witnesses who attested to EP's executives having been advised of the corrosive pipes and BP was subpoened to hand over files.  So, BP downloaded no less than 62 million papers.  With only 3 or 4 agents to investigate, it became an insurmountable problem to read 62 mllion pages.  A few months later the agents were ordered to close their files.  One conscientious agent attempted to continue the investigation, but finally resigned in her frustration.

In this article it is also documented that executives of BP felt that paying the fines was easier than complying with regulations.  There is a battery that was corroded and dead, which was supposed to have been regularly checked.  This battery was the source of energy to the warning system, a system that never went off because of this corroded and dead battery.

Should British Petroleum be responsible for this act against the environment, this act against all those who make their living from the sea and bays of Louisiana?  Is this a rhetorical question???  The executives are criminal. Criminal.  How many lives have these people ruined? How much devastation have they wrought to the environment? 

kapokkid eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Drill baby Drill!

There is an easy solution to this problem.  Stop buying gas at BP.  If everyone stopped, they'd surely suffer far more than they are going to by paying damages, especially if the damages are capped.

But in response to the question, yes they should be fully responsible.  There were other companies involved, Haliburton, etc., but BP is the one at the top making the most money from the well so they should be the most responsible.  But I doubt we will see any big shakeup at the top of the company over what might be the worst oil spill in history.  As long as profits keep rolling in, things keep on rolling.

Haven't we learned by now that if you make enough money and rise high enough you aren't actually responsible for anything?

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Absolutely! BP should be held responsible for the costs and clean up efforts of the oil spill. In addition, they should be held accountable to all of the people (ex. fishermen) who are losing a great deal of money because their businesses came to a screeching halt.

Like the previous post stated, there are other companies involved as well. If they had any part in the explosion then they will in the same boat as BP. It is going to take a long time to dig through everything.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If not BP, then who?  The evidence that the foolish shortcuts and gambles that were taken on the Deepwater Horizon were done so at the orders of people in high positions at BP is overwhelming.  The neglect of key safety systems on such rigs was lacking at dozens of those operated or owned by BP.  This was a crisis of their own making, and it never had to happen.  I think they should pay for every last dollar of damages and costs, even if it bankrupts them.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Yes.  I do not see who else should be responsible unless the drilling company screwed up.  But BP is the one who gets profits when the oil is sold, so they should be the one to take the loss when problems happen.