BP Oil Spill 2010

Event

Day 1

04/20/2010

BP and Transocean staff testing

Day 3

04/22/2010

Deep Water Horizon

Day 4

04/23/2010

The leak the Coast Guard feared from the well leaked 64,000 barrels a day.

Day 5

04/24/2010

1,000 per day?

Day 6

04/25/2010

Cofferdam

Day 8

04/27/2010

Feds push for BP investigation

Day 11

04/30/2010

Volunteers come to help

Day 12

05/01/2010

Salazar

Day 13

05/02/2010

Relief Wells

Day 15

05/04/2010

Intervention

Day 17

05/06/2010

Three huge containment domes

Day 19

05/08/2010

Failed giant metal box

Day 25

05/14/2010

The Gulf of Mexico

Day 27

05/16/2010

Second relief well

Day 37

05/26/2010

barrels of mud

Day 42

05/31/2010

extending the boundaries

Day 49

06/07/2010

global moratorium

Day 64

06/22/2010

Stepping Down

Day 87

07/15/2010

capped

Day 107

08/04/2010

Budgeting?

Quote

Testing Falure

04/20/2010

“On 20 April, BP and Transocean staff prepared to undertake their one test to ensure that the cement job at the bottom of the well had successfully sealed off the well bore from the reservoir” (Bergin 2012, p. 157)

11 workers killed

04/22/2010

“The Deepwater Horizon rig sank on April 22, 2010, two days after the Macondo well blowout and explosion that killed 11 workers.” page 328 (Spill 2011)

Extreme Leakage

04/23/2010

“On April 23, the day after the Deepwater Horizon sank, Coast Guard officials said privately they now feared the well could leak at a rate of more than 64,000 barrels per day- the equivalent of an Exxon Valdez accident every five day.” (Magner 2011, p. 209)

Thousands of barrels

04/24/2010

Day 5 “Then, over the weekend of April 24, it put out estimates of “up to” 1,000 per day. Eventually the government put the volume as high as 62,000 barrels per day.” (Reed & Fitzgerald 2011, p. 87)
Day 6 “On April 25, BP began to consider placing a large containment dome, known as a cofferdam, over the larger of the two leaks from the broken riser.” (Juhasz 2011, p. 234)

Containment Dome

04/25/2010

“On April 25, BP began to consider placing a large containment dome, known as a cofferdam, over the larger of the two leaks from the broken riser.” (Juhasz 2011, p. 234)

FEDS investigaton

04/27/2010

“April 27, 2010, it did not take long before BP's questionable cost-cutting methods came to light with the Feds opening investigation.” (Farrell 2011, p. 31)

Louisiana National Guard

04/30/2010

“Defense Secretary Robert Gates mobilizes Lousiana National Guard to help with oil cleanup and removal and to protect critical habitat.” (Lehner & Deans 2010, p. 8)

Being held accountable

05/01/2010

“Ken Salazar, secretary of the interior, is quoted in USA Today: “They will be held accountable. We will keep our boot on their neck until the job gets done.” (Walaski 2010, p. 65)

The first of two

05/02/2010

“May 2, 2010: BP started to drill the first of two relief wells that would intercept.” (Tainter 2012, p. 145)

Pentagon approves

05/04/2010

“May 4: Pentagon approves mobilization of up to 17,500 National Guard troops to help various states deal with the spill and its aftermath.” (Catalano 2010, p. 9)

BP confirms

05/06/2010

“BP confirms the arrival of three huge containment domes designed to collect much of the 5,000 bpd leaking into the US Gulf from the Macondo blowout.” (the Guardian 2010)

Bp's effort

05/08/2010

“BP's effort to place a giant metal box atop the leaking well to contain the spill fails when ice crystals accumulate inside the box and engineers are forced to remove it.” (BBC News 2010)

Tony Hayward

05/14/2010

“May 14, 2010: Then-BP CEO Tony Hayward tells reporters that the amount of oil spilled is
relatively small given the Gulf of Mexico's size. "The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean," he says. "The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume." (Associated Press 2012)

Transocean's GSF

05/16/2010

“Bp started a second relief well using Transocean's GSF Development Driller II on May 16, 2010.” (Cheremisinoff 2010, p. 444)

Top Kill

05/26/2010

“The top kill had not been a wimpy procedure. The BP engineers had thrown 30,000 barrels of mud-more than a million galls- at the well.” (Achenback 2011, p. 149)

NOAA

05/31/2010

“NOAA has extended the boundaries of the closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico into the northern portion of the loop current as a precautionary measure to ensure that seafood from the Gulf will remain safe for consumers.” (Noaanews.noaa.gov 2010)

IUCN

06/07/2010

“On June 7, 2010, the ruling body of IUCN called for 'a global moratorium on oil and gas exploration in ecologically sensitive areas, including deepwater ocean sites and polar areas.” (Zack 2011, p. xix)

Hayward

06/22/2010

“Hayward hands day-to-day control of spill operations to Managing Director Bob Dudley, having been criticized for his handling of the crisis including commenting that he would like his life back. BP later names Dudley as its next CEO.” (Reuters 2012)

Containing the oil spill

07/15/2010

"The oil spill was ultimately contained when the well was capped on July 15, 2010.” (Smith et al 2013, p. 565)

National Incident Command

08/04/2010

“On August 4, 2010, the National Incident Command made public an estimate of the oil spill budget for the Deepwater Horizon incident.” (Ramseur 2010, p.6)

Theory

Were the poor testing results based on cheaper resources? (4/20/2010)

04/20/2010

Some people attribute the failure of the testing to the desire BP had for saving money by using cheaper resources says BBC News.

Should they have called it off? (4/22/2010)

04/22/2010

Due to the rig crashing, 11 people lost their lives with Coast Guards calling off the search just days later says BP.

Cover Up (4/24/2010)

04/24/2010

Was it trying to lessen the blow by BP saying the leak was less than it actually was?

Tragic mishap? (4/27/2010)

04/27/2010

The leak not only affected businesses, but affected wildlife with birds and sea life dying by the thousands says the news stations.

Helping the Helpless (4/30/2010)

04/30/2010

The government said the need to help is near and sent the Louisiana National Guard along with volunteers set along the shorelines to clean the animals trapped in the tar.

Accountablity (5/01/2010)

05/01/2010

Ken Salazar in 2010 held a discussion over whether BP should be held accountable for the incident.

Relief or damage control? (5/02/2010)

05/02/2010

When all is said and done, what damage are they really fixing said Tainter in his book.

National Guard (5/04/2010)

05/04/2010

The Pentagon said the National Guard troops must also intervene to help all the different states experiencing trouble to the spill.

BP Domes (05/06/2010)

05/06/2010

Does the size of the dome prove the efficacy of its capacity? This relates to what Salazar said in 2010.

Breakin easy (5/8/2010)

05/08/2010

Why is it that they placed something that would break or malfunction so easily? Were they cutting costs again? said a news source.

Oil spill, not that big? (5/14/2010)

05/14/2010

Hayward said the Gulf is big enough that the spill in comparison, was insignificant.

Another relief well? (5/16/2010)

05/16/2010

Why did they just not improve the first relief well asked regular people.

Efficacy of To Kill (5/26/2010)

05/26/2010

BP seems to think the bigger the better, that's not the case. The 30,000 mud did little to hamper the spill.

Boundaries (5/31/2010)

05/31/2010

Extending the boundaries as a safety measure really did not work. It was more of a fluff action said news sources.

IUCN crackdown (6/07/2010)

06/07/2010

IUCN puts limits on oil drilling in areas that could cost vast destruction to the ecological surroundings.

Hayward's incompetency (6/22/2010)

06/22/2010

Perhaps he is the reason why the oil spill began said numerous sources.

Well capped (7/15/2010)

07/15/2010

What they should have done in the beginning, they finally did after two and a half months. They capped the well said Smith et al.

Why make an estimate (8/04/2010)

08/04/2010

Were they not supposed to do an investigation? NIC made an estimate of the oil spill, but fell through on asking why it happened.