Saturday, February 25, 2017

BP and the Environment

How many of us remember the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico back in 2010? According to an article called, 5 years after the Gulf oil spill: What we do (and don't) know found on CNN's website,  there was roughly 4.2 million barrels of oil that spilled into the Gulf and BP was responsible for the majority of the spillage. Naturally, this had a devastating affect and people from all around the world were in an uproar. 

(Greenpeace ‘occupies’ gulf oil rig)

This was a major issue and just a few years later, BP withdrew from multi-million dollar green energy programs that focused on low carbon technology and green energy technology. This caused their public image to suffer. Fortunately, BP has made a slow effort to ameliorate those mistakes by putting forth more of an effort to show compassion for the environment. In so doing, they have implemented environmentally friendly tactics and shared many of their operations on their company website. For example, with regard to oil spills, BP has vowed to improve how they control, contain, and clean up oil spills, in the event that they should happen again. As noted on their webiste, they regularly conduct oil spill exercises in order to ensure that they have a positive response in the eventuality of another oil spill. Their website mentioned the use of in situo buring, which when done correctly, will reduce the amount of oil in the water and reduce the effects that the burning may have on the environment, because the burning is controlled. 

Clearly, BP has done a great job at taking slow steps towards becoming a more environmentally friendly oil and gas company. To find out more about BP's attempts to satisfy an eco-friendly future click here!




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