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EXAM #______________ Lumsden: Torts, Final, Fall 2012 Page 2 of 21 PART I ESSAY QUESTION ONE (Suggested time: 1 hour) In 1989, Business Power, Inc. (“BP”) was forced to pay $373 million in damages after one of their oil tankers hit a reef and caused a major oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. In September 2009, one of BP’s off-shore drilling rigs exploded and sank, killing 11 workers and leading to the spill of 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The shorelines of four Gulf Coast states were affected, and news reports called the 2009 disaster the worst off-shore spill in U.S. history. Mark Andersen, the chief executive officer of BP, apologized publicly for the environmental fallout, but claims that the two spills were just “acts of God.” He shot down widespread reports that both spills were caused by overworked and underpaid employees who ignored safety protocols. Andersen claims that BP employees were given the best possible training and there is nothing else the company could have done to prevent the accidents. He has resisted demands from concerned citizens that he resign, and the company maintains its off-shore drilling operations. According to Andersen, the production of oil, and U.S. oil independence is necessary to promote growth and stability in the national economy. In fact, BP is the biggest fuel supplier to the Pentagon and the U.S. Department of Defense.
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