This lesson we’re looking at a new case study, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (Links to an external site.), one of the largest environmental disasters in history. I’d like you to spend time researching the case and its details, and there is a lot of material to cover. The resources below should help you get started.
Your assignment this week is again open-ended: in a normal length post, you are free to scrutinize and discuss any aspect of the case, including the technical, legal, environmental, or ethical details. However, I would like you to include some explicit discussion of the decision of the engineers overseeing operations on the Deepwater Horizon, especially those identified in the emails compiled by the Ingersoll article below. To what were these decisions an engineering failure? What aspects of the engineer’s code of ethics did they violate? What might they have done different to prevent such a disaster?