Moby Slick: A Case Study Analysis Of The Exxon

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Valdez Oil SpillThe oil spill from Exxon Valdez was a major environmental disaster that caused a tremendous problem for Alaska. This paper will analyze the symptoms of the problem, the root of the problem, several unresolved issue, the role of the key players and the ethical issues involved in the oil spill. The oil spill killed wildlife, plants and trees, and damaged a large amount of the environment within hours the oil consumed over 3 miles of land and water. The number of animals killed was tremendous and the overall effect of the oil spill was overwhelming. The key players involved have several things to explain and the ethical standards need to be addressed.Symptoms of the problems and Root problems togetherThe oil spill from the Exxon Valdez was bad environmental disaster, even though it still ranks low compared to similar spills the impact is still felt today. Alaska is home to many inhabitants such as herring or salmon, sea otters, seals and killer whales. Prince William Sound located in the south central region of Alaska, which covers 3000 miles of the most spectacular shoreline. Glaciers are carved out on one end and the Gulf of Alaska on the opposite side. 10.8 million Gallons of oil spilt in the waters of Alaska where wildlife live. Within 12 hours, the spill consumed an area of 3 miles by 5 miles long, (Bennett, 2009).What makes the disaster different from others is the location of Prince William Sound. This remote area of Alaska is only accessible by boat or helicopter. With these conditions, rescues efforts were delayed. That evening by 6:00 pm, Alaska news reported, "Cleanup crews drop dispersant but it doesn't work well because there is not enough wave action to mix it with the oil," (Bennett, 2009). The majority of the cleanup is accomplished through manual wiping off wildlife, and pressure washing with washing agents. Two thousand eight hundred otters died, killer whales disappeared, and 71 species of birds were affected, and much of the wildlife were coated in oil and died from suffocation.The captain of the ship, Joseph Hazelwood was not on the bridge at the time of the accident. Captain Hazelwood had an elevated blood alcohol level of 0.10 percent, (Bennett, 2009) but was never found drunk at the time of the accident. Captain Hazelwood violated company policy when he left the ships bridge.Alaska was supposed to be safe guarded from these types of environmental accidents from occurring. Safety measures were put in place. Alyeska was established in 1989, with one of the main purposes was to "prevent oil spills by assisting tankers in safe navigation through the waters of Alaska," (Alyeska pipe, 2009) and thus protecting the environment by providing effective relief when an accident did occur.Clean up efforts were delayed due to damaged equipment and not having all the equipment available for immediate use. Alyeska was not prepared to handle an oil spill of this magnitude. The CEO of Exxon did not visit the disaster site, one...

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