Bp's Unethical Behavior Essay

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When an environmental disaster occurs, like massive ocean oil leaks, it should be considered if the company and government employees responsible of taking the decisions acted correctly and therefore, the disaster could not have been avoided. “The Deepwater Horizon disaster is [has been] confirmed as the biggest ever accidental release of oil into the oceans” (Black, 2010, para. 1). This issue has been controversial and much disputed among the last few years; however, there has not been much discussion about the ethical values and behavior of the company. The Government should take action against BP and its executives because the company is acting unethically trying to evade its ...view middle of the document...

It seems that the company is trying to get rid of its responsibilities arguing that the responsible party for the disaster is an outsourced enterprise, in order to avoid the costs of the catastrophe (“BP oil disaster,” 2012).

It is illicit to make as much money as one can in a business without a care for the environment. BP has prioritized cost reduction fully aware that this would endanger the safety of its employees, as well as the environment. According to congressmen, an engineer of Halliburton Co. advised BP that twenty-one centralizers – a device to keep pipe or casing in the center of well during cementing – were needed according to court filings, but BP decided to proceed only with six, even when the engineer had warned them that the usage of six centralizers could lead to gas leaks and to an explosion. BP decided not to run a “cement bond log”– a test that determines if the cement had properly sealed the sides of the well against leaks – when this was part of the security procedure. Moreover, in an e-mail sent to the Macondo drilling engineer, Brian Morel, BP operations engineer Brett Cocales (2010: 2) wrote, "But, who cares, it's done, end of story, will probably be fine and we'll get a good cement job", when talking about using six centralizers instead of twenty-one to obtain a proper cement seal in the well. Many species, including corals, fish, shrimp, plants, birds, whales and turtles, have suffered the consequences of the explosion of the BP oil rig and the consequences in a long-term cannot be assured whatsoever.(Black, 2010) Experts affirm that a lot of time will have to pass by until the oil completely disappears from the ocean; two decades on, the ecological impacts of oil leak could still be counted (Kroh & Conathan, 2012). It is not ethical if a company decides to save money in the construction of...

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