Blowout in the Gulf

Blowout in the Gulf

The BP Oil Spill Disaster and the Future of Energy in America

Book - 2011
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Explains both the disaster and the decisions that led up to it and argues that for the future the emphasis needs to be on prevention and that risk-management policies be based on better understandings of humans and hardware.

MIT Press

The story of how a chain of failures, missteps, and bad decisions led to America's biggest environmental disaster.

On April 20, 2010, the gigantic drilling rig Deepwater Horizon blew up in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven crew members and causing a massive eruption of oil from BP's Macondo well. For months, oil gushed into the Gulf, spreading death and destruction. Americans watched real-time video of the huge column of oil and gas spewing from the obviously failed "blowout preventer." What was missing, though, was the larger story of this disaster. In Blowout in the Gulf, energy experts William Freudenburg and Robert Gramling explain both the disaster and the decisions that led up to it.

Blowout in the Gulf weaves a fascinating narrative of failures, missteps, and bad decisions, explaining why this oil spill was a disaster waiting to happen -- and how making better energy choices will help prevent others like it.


The story of how a chain of failures, missteps, and bad decisions led to America'sbiggest environmental disaster.



Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2011
ISBN: 9780262015837
0262015838
Branch Call Number: 363.738 Freudenburg 2011
Characteristics: xiii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Gramling, Robert 1943-

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