Oil Spill

TitleOil Spill
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsHarris, CE, Pritchard, MS, Rabins, MJ
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsEngineer/Client Relationships , ENGINEERING , Legal Issues , professional codes of ethics , public safety
AbstractPeter has worked with Bigness Oil Company's local affiliate for several years, and has established a strong, trusting relationship with Jesse, manager of the local facility. Jess has recently recommended Peter be retained as the corporate consulting engineer for the company, which would be an impressive addition to his resume. During a casual conversation, Jesse mentions a leak that occurred at the company in the 1950's where 10,000 gallons of a petrochemical leaked into the local environment, though at the time no damage was found, and no mention of this leak was made to the press. When Peter mentions that state law requires him to report all spills, Jesse reminds him that no harm has been done and reminds him that he can't have a consulting engineer who does not value client loyalty and respect client confidentiality.
NotesCase from Harris, Charles, Michael Pritchard and Michael Rabins. Engineering Ethics: Concepts and Cases. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2000. Available from the Wadsworth website.
Abbreviated Case NameOil Spill
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