BP Oil Spill!…

What a crisis for BP and its CEO. I am sure almost all of you know about the oil spill that happened in the Gulf of Mexico not that long ago. If you don’t I will give you a brief simple run down. Well BP gets their oil from the Gulf of Mexico and they drill down at the oil rigs. Well they were drilling one day and they drilled in the wrong spot and oil came spilling out everywhere.  It is estimated that 60,000 barrels of oil was lost (www.thedailygreen.com).

This created a big problem for BP.  They claimed that they had a contingency plan, but if they did, it did not work well at all.  They took a really long time to figure out how they could stop the leak as I am sure you all know.  I know for awhile people were boycotting BP and not buying any of their gas, and I am sure some people might still be doing that to this day.

After a long while BP finally did come up with a contingency plan and the oil spillage was stopped.

Another thing that hurt BP’s reputation was the fact of what their CEO, Tony Hayward, said.  He stated, “I’m sorry. We’re sorry for the massive disruption it’s caused their lives. There’s no one who wants this over more than I do. I’d like my life back.” (www.businessinsider.com)
This comment was very selfish in a way because his company is the one with the issues. He just wants his life back and isn’t worried about what this oil spill is doing to the people and wildlife. Although Tony Hayward said these things, he did publicly make an apologetic statement.

This BP oil spill had a big influence on our country and on all the others as well.  Even though this problem was eventually solved BP could have done a better job.  They needed to have a better contingency plan, and not just one either.  They needed to make a plan “A”, a plan “B”, and so on. With this type of plan the problem could have been solved a lot faster and there would have been less of a PR crisis I believe.

As far as Tony Hayward goes I think that he did the right thing by apologizing. I don’t know if that’s what his PR representatives told him, which it probably was, but in the end he did the right thing.


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