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Oil spills Essay Topics & Paper Examples

Oil spill cases

1. How are the two disasters different? RESPONSE: AN OIL SPILL in Prince William Sound? Never. It will never happen. The channel is very wide and very deep. There are no navigational hazards.’ So the public were led to believe. Unfortunately, on Friday, March 24, four minutes after midnight, the Exxon Valdez, a supertanker carrying 53 million gallons [200 million L] of crude oil, strayed a mile and a half [2 km] off course, ground its bottom over the jagged rocks of Bligh Reef, and ripped gaping holes in its hull. Over 11 million gallons [42 million L] of crude oil gushed out into the pristine waters of scenic Prince William Sound, just below Valdez, Alaska. When the catastrophe happened,…

Split of the MMS: A little too late

In the wake of one of the largest oil spills, and arguably one of the worst environmental tragedies in American history, United States Interior Secretary Ken Salazar declared that he will split the beleaguered Minerals Management Service, the office that oversees offshore oil drilling activities, into two entities, one to lease Federal lands and water areas for the conduct of offshore drilling and the other to concentrate on the inspection and implementation of safety and environmental statutes. Salazar requested for more than $20 million to finance more safety inspections and investigations at the agency, and to allow increased inspection activities to three times more then what is currently allowed. The distressed agency was at the center of an investigation that…