Spilling the Blame

Wade, Jared
July 2010
Risk Management (00355593);Jul2010, Vol. 57 Issue 6, p6
Trade Publication
The article examines how the blowout preventer was unsuccessful in preventing the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico which occurred in April 20, 2010. The economic and ecological impact of the spill is seen to remain unknown even if recovery takes place. It offers details on how a blowout preventer should cut the oil flow should an explosion occur in the digging operation and how the use of only one instead of two blind shear ram, a device which served as a barrier, resulted in the blowout.


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