Deepwater Horizon Explosion
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Deepwater Horizon was a semi-submersible offshore oil rig built in 2001 and owned by Transocean.
It was eventually leased to BP and was involved in drilling history's
deepest oil well. On February 2010, the
Deepwater Horizon began drilling an exploratory well at the Macondo Prospect, which was
about 40 miles off of the Louisiana coast. It was a prospect jointly owned
by BP, Anadarko and MOEX Offshore 2007. Two months later, the rig was
wrapping up the well and was in the stages of the well's conclusion.
At approximately 9:45 p.m. on April 20, 2010, there was an explosion of
seawater from the rig's drilling riser. Shortly after this 240 ft
eruption of seawater followed a combination of mud, methane gas and water.
This resulted in several explosions on the ship and then a "firestorm."
Of the crewmembers who were aboard the ship at the time of the explosion,
11 were killed during the explosion. The rest were evacuated, with many
being airlifted to receive emergency medical attention.
The oil rig burned for approximately 36 hours after the initial explosion
and sank two days later. The explosion also resulted in the most devastating
oil spill in U.S. history. This is commonly referred to as the
Deepwater Horizon oil spill, as well as the BP oil spill, and continued for three months
after the explosion until July of that year. In total, over 4.9 million
barrels were released in total with over 53,000 barrels being released
on average daily. On July 15, 2010, the wellhead was finally capped as
they finally staunched the wound. Beyond the injuries sustained by the
crew, the oil caused extensive damage to the area surrounding it - affecting
wildlife, the environment and the coastal communities. Much of the shoreline
was closed while ships, containment booms, barriers and other methods
of cleanup were utilized to contain and stop the spill from spreading.
As of November 2010, it was estimated that over 320 miles of the Louisiana
coastline had ultimately been affected.
In January of 2011, the White House oil spill commission released their
final report of the causes of the BP oil spill. In the report, they stated
that the involved companies (namely BP, Halliburton and Transocean) had
not taken the proper steps to provide safeguards against something of
this nature happening. They also released a chart which showed the correlation
of decisions which possibly saved time and money, but increased the risks
of assumed of those aboard the
Deepwater Horizon. Some of the fundamental mistakes which were cited by the commission include
the failure of using a cement bond log to test the cement's stability.
By not exercising proper caution, they did not test the cement which ultimately
proved to be unstable. They also displaced mud in the riser pipe, for
not running the proper tests and did not properly learn from previous
mistakes which could have avoided this disaster.
Arnold & Itkin LLP Represents Deepwater Horizon Crewmembers
At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we recognize the tragedy of what occurred on the
Deepwater Horizon. As such, we were proud to represent 27 of the crewmembers who were aboard
the rig at the time of the incident. If you would like to hear straight
from the clients who worked with our firm in the wake of this tragedy,
we encourage you to watch our videos. Simply
click here to be taken to a page that shares the videos discussing the case and how
our firm was able to help the crewmembers during this trying time. If
you would like to learn more about our firm or if you would like to discuss
your potential case with us, please call today.
You can also click here to request your free case evaluation online. We look forward to hearing from you.