Thank Offshore Drilling Company for Taking Responsibility for Gulf Oil Spill

Target: Steven L. Newman, President and CEO of Transocean

Goal: Applaud Mr. Newman for agreeing to pay for the damages associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

In April 2010, a catastrophic explosion from the Deepwater Horizon off-land drilling rig resulted in 11 deaths and an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil dispersed. It is said to be the largest accidental marine oil spill in history. In regards to prosecution, a federal judge has accepted Transocean’s guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge as well as agreeing to pay $400 million in penalties. Thank Steven L. Newman, President and CEO of Transocean for acknowledging responsibility to restore the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding areas.

Transocean is a Switzerland-based company and the world’s largest offshore drilling contractor. Several reports have concluded that the cause of the catastrophe was due to the negligence of Transocean crew members while assessing pressure tests. If the tests were interpreted properly, the well cement and casting would have made certain that the oil was contained, which would have prevented the spill. The government continues to stress the argument that BP supervisors were ultimately responsible for supervising the testing. BP faces up to $21 billion for gross negligence for the dispersion of 4.9 million barrels of oil over an 87-day time span. However, BP is strongly disputing this claim stating that the government’s estimates for the total amount of oil that was leaked have been exaggerated.

Upon reaching an agreement in January 2013, Transocean stated that it accepts responsibility for criminal conduct and agrees to pay the appointed costs. With the judge’s action to accept the guilty plea, it effectively closes the case on prosecutions of Transocean. However, the company still has outstanding dealings with at least 100,000 other people and businesses who are claiming damages. A good majority of the money that Transocean has agreed to pay will go towards research for oil spill prevention as well as restorative efforts for the barrier islands off the coast of Louisiana. Applaud Mr. Newman for acknowledging responsibility for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and agreeing to pay for the associated damages.


Dear Mr. Newman,

As you know, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that occurred in April of 2010 is said to be largest marine catastrophe in the history of the oil industry. Reports are stating that an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil was leaked into the Gulf of Mexico over a span of 87 days. As a result, 11 lives were lost with wetlands and estuary ecosystems heavily damaged or destroyed.

Although marine life is recovering and beach cleanups are still in effect, nothing can replace those 11 lives that were lost in the accident. By taking responsibility for negligence, you have allowed for the allocation of funds to be put towards coastal habitat restoration as well as oil spill prevention research. Thank you for taking such a positive step forward in cleaning up the Gulf and preventing future oil spill disasters.


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