Ethical Evaluation of Oil Spill Case

Ethical Evaluation of Oil Spill Case - FINAL EXAM PHIL /...

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Ethical Evaluation of Oil Spill Case Date: September 30, 2010 To: Curtis A. Beck, P.E., F.NSPE, Chair of Board of Ethical Review From: Carla Paulo, Senior CHEN Student Re: Request for Proposal This is the proposal as requested by you. This proposal discusses the situation addressed in the case and the possible solutions to this issue. It includes a detailed plan of action and the timeline this plan will take to be executed. Current Situation This case talks about an ethical issue that arose at Bigness Oil Company. The company receives large amounts of petrochemicals daily through pipelines and tank trucks with the purpose of blending these chemicals and selling them in the market. The people involved in this case were Jesse, a manager of the company, and Peter, an engineer consultant. Peter has been working for this company for several years and made several environmental changes over the years, which helped Bigness Oil establish a solid reputation with regulating agencies. Also, Peter and Jesse developed a strong bond and a trusting relationship, which led to the following. One day, over coffee, Jesse confided in Peter about something that happened in the company many years ago, around the 1950s. He told Peter that at the end of the year, when books were audited, they found out that about 10,000 gallons of a chemical were missing. The company performed some pressure tests and they found that one of the pipes in the pipeline had corroded, resulting in a leak. They stopped the leak and their next action was to perform more tests to find out what was the damage done. With sampling wells, they discovered that the chemicals were in a vertical plume that diffused into an aquifer. Since there was no evidence of contamination of groundwater, the company decided not to report anything to the government. It also helped that during that time, regulations were more relaxed. Later, the company performed more tests and the concentration was found to be nearly zero at a depth of 400ft. After those results, the company capped the wells and nothing was ever spoken about the issue again. After hearing about this, Peter was shocked. He knows that the law requires him to report any
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2011 for the course PHIL 482 taught by Professor Harris during the Fall '02 term at Texas A&M.

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