Deep Water The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling

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Table of Contents

Foreword vi

PART I: The Path to Tragedy xiii

Chapter 1


“Everyone involved with the job…was completely satisfied….”
The Deepwater Horizon, the Macondo Well, and Sudden Death on the Gulf of Mexico

Chapter 2 21

“Each oil well has its own personality”
The History of Offshore Oil and Gas in the United States

Chapter 3


“It was like pulling teeth.”
Oversight—and Oversights—in Regulating
Deepwater Energy Exploration and Production in the Gulf of Mexico

PART II: Explosion and Aftermath:
The Causes and Consequences of the Disaster 87

Chapter 4 89

“But, who cares, it’s done, end of story, [we] will probably
be fine and we’ll get a good cement job.”
The Macondo Well and the Blowout

Chapter 5


“You’re in it now, up to your neck!”
Response and Containment

Chapter 6 173

“The worst environmental disaster America has ever faced.”
Oiling a Rich Environment: Impacts and Assessment

Chapter 7 197

“People have plan fatigue . . . they’ve been planned to death”
Recovery and Restoration

PART III: Lessons Learned:
Industry, Government, Energy Policy


Chapter 8 217

“Safety is not proprietary.”
Changing Business as Usual


Chapter 9

“Develop options for guarding against, and mitigating the impact of, oil spills associated
with offshore drilling.” Investing in Safety, Investing in Response, Investing in the Gulf


Chapter 10

American Energy Policy and the Future of Offshore Drilling

Endnotes 307

Appendix A: Commission Members 356
Appendix B: List of Acronyms 358
Appendix C: Executive Order 359
Appendix D: Commission Staff and Consultants 362
Appendix E: List of Commission Meetings 365
Appendix F: List of Staff Working Papers 366
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014076968
  • Publisher: John McCabe
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • File size: 3 MB

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