Causes and Consequences The Deepwater Horizon oil spill also referred to as the BP oil spill or the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been named largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. The spill occurred on 20 April, 2010 which lasted for 87 days and end on 15 July, 2010. The oil spill was caused by an explosion which resulted from high-pressure methane gas from the well that expanded into the drilling riser and was released onto the drilling rig, where it ignited and exploded, engulfing the rig.
As a result of this explosion, 11 lives were lost and 17 employees were treated for injuries. The explosion caused the oil to leak into the Gulf of Mexico and it spread to the coast lines of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The final estimate reported that 53,000 barrels per day were escaping from the well just before it was capped on 15 July. According to the White House oil spill commission the causes of the oil spill was because BP and its partners made a series of cost-cutting decisions and the lack of a system that was not in place that ensures safety.
BP also did its own internal investigation and admitted that it made mistakes which led to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. In June of 2012 BP agreed to setup a $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the oil spill. The BP oil spill did affect Florida and the city in which I live in. Since Florida is a tourist business, many vacations were cancelled because the visitors did not to vacation with the oil spill on the beached. Therefore, vacation bookings for that summer were almost non-existent and it did hurt Florida’s economy.
New Technologies Many new technologies have helped companies to pave the way to increase their productivity. CEMEX where I am currently employed at have introduced corporate mobility to its organization and now it is no longer considered to be an option. It is an absolute necessity. There is a growing wave of devices and apps that many customers and partners demand. Therefore, for CEMEX employees and directors to be productive corporate mobility is needed.
The corporate mobility that was introduced allowed employees to be anywhere including home and able to access contacts, appointments, calendar information and an array of other documents and files, including membership data. Likewise, this allows business travelers to use their iPhone, iPad or Android device to record, organize, submit and track expenses during a trip directly from the mobile device. Just about everyone in CEMEX has corporate mobility but are not too comfortable with it because some consider it as been a burden when they want to take time off.