A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea

The Race to Kill the BP Oil Gusher

Author: Joel Achenbach

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451625375

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 276

View: 7378

Documents the race to seal the BP well in the Gulf of Mexico, describing how Deepwater Horizon challenged the world's leading scientists and engineers to stop the leak and discover why it exploded in the first place.
Posted in Business & Economics

Disaster on the Horizon

High Stakes, High Risks, and the Story Behind the Deepwater Well Blowout

Author: Bob Cavnar

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603583173

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 248

View: 1395

Disaster on the Horizon is a behind-the-scenes investigative look at the worst oil well accident in US history, which led to the current environmental and economic catastrophe on the Gulf Coast. Cavnar uses his 30 years in the business to take readers inside the disaster, exposing the decisions leading up to the blowout and the immediate aftermath. It includes personal accounts of the survivors, assembled from testimony during various investigations, as well as personal interviews with survivors, witnesses, and family. It also provides a layman's look at the industry, its technology, people, and risks. It deconstructs events and decisions made by BP, Transocean, and the US Government before and after the disaster, and the effects of those decisions, both good and bad. Cavnar explains what happened in the Gulf, explores how we arrived at deep water drilling in the first place and then charts a course for how to avoid these disasters in the future.
Posted in Technology & Engineering

Fire on the Horizon

The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster

Author: Tom Shroder,John Konrad

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062063022

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 4604

"A phenomenal feat of journalism. . . . I tore through it like a novel but with the queasy knowledge that the whole damn thing is true." —Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm and War Blending exclusive first-person interviews and penetrating investigative reporting, oil rig captain John Konrad and veteran Washington Post writer Tom Shroder give the definitive, white-knuckled account of the Deepwater Horizon explosion—as well as a riveting insider’s view of the byzantine culture of offshore drilling that made the disaster inevitable. As the world continues to cope with the oil spill’s grim aftermath—with environmental and economic consequences all the more dire in a region still rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina—Konrad and Schroder’s real-time account of the disaster shows us just where things went wrong, and points the way to a safer future for us all.
Posted in History

Death and Oil

The True Story of the Piper Alpha Disaster on the North Sea

Author: Bradford Matsen

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN: 0307378810

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 203

View: 7271

Documents the events of the 1988 oil rig disaster on the North Sea, drawing on interviews with survivors and family members, the Occidental Petroleum company and rescue workers to trace the gas leak that triggered the explosion and the devastation it continues to inflict. By the author of Jacques Cousteau.
Posted in Business & Economics

A Sea in Flames

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout

Author: Carl Safina

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0307887375

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 7733

Carl Safina has been hailed as one of the top 100 conservations of the 20th century (Audubon Magazine) and A Sea in Flames is his blistering account of the months-long manmade disaster that tormented a region and mesmerized the nation. Traveling across the Gulf to make sense of an ever-changing story and its often-nonsensical twists, Safina expertly deconstructs the series of calamitous misjudgments that caused the Deepwater Horizon blowout, zeroes in on BP’s misstatements, evasions, and denials, reassesses his own reaction to the government’s crisis handling, and reviews the consequences of the leak—and what he considers the real problems, which the press largely overlooked. Safina takes us deep inside the faulty thinking that caused the lethal explosion. We join him on aerial surveys across an oil-coated sea. We confront pelicans and other wildlife whose blue universe fades to black. Safina skewers the excuses and the silly jargon—like “junk shot” and “top kill”—that made the tragedy feel like a comedy of horrors—and highlighted Big Oil’s appalling lack of preparedness for an event that was inevitable. Based on extensive research and interviews with fishermen, coastal residents, biologists, and government officials, A Sea In Flames has some surprising answers on whether it was “Obama’s Katrina,” whether the Coast Guard was as inept in its response as BP was misleading, and whether this worst unintended release of oil in history was really America’s worst ecological disaster. Impassioned, moving, and even sharply funny, A Sea in Flames is ultimately an indictment of America’s main addiction. Safina writes: “In the end, this is a chronicle of a summer of pain—and hope. Hope that the full potential of this catastrophe would not materialize, hope that the harm done would heal faster than feared, and hope that even if we didn’t suffer the absolutely worst—we’d still learn the big lesson here. We may have gotten two out of three. That’s not good enough. Because: there’ll be a next time.” From the Hardcover edition.
Posted in Social Science

In Deep Water

The Anatomy of a Disaster, the Fate of the Gulf, and How to End Our Oil Addiction

Author: Peter Lehner,Bob Deans

Publisher: OR Books

ISBN: 1935928090

Category: BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010

Page: 173

View: 497

Describes the causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the environmental, economic, and social damage done by the subsequent oil spill, and suggests ways to prevent another such disaster through decreased dependence on petroleum products.
Posted in BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010

Fire in the Night

The Piper Alpha Disaster

Author: Stephen McGinty

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0230738877

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 304

View: 3728

The fire was visible from seventy miles away and the heat generated was so intense that a helicopter could only circle the rig at a perimeter of one mile. On the surface of the sea, a converted fishing trawler inched as close as possible, but the paint on the vessel’s hull blistered and burnt. In the water surrounding the inferno, men’s heads could be seen bobbing like apples as their yellow hard hats melted with the heat. On 6 July 1988 a series of explosions ripped through the Piper Alpha oil platform, 110 miles north-east of Aberdeen in the North Sea. Ablaze with 226 men on board, the searing temperatures caused the platform to collapse in just two hours. Only sixty-one would survive by leaping over 100 feet into the water below. Newly updated for the thirtieth year since the tragedy, Fire in the Night by journalist Stephen McGinty tells in gripping detail the devastating story of that summer evening. Combining interviews with survivors, witness statements and transcripts from the official inquiry into the disaster, this is the moving and vivid tale of what remains the worst offshore oil-rig disaster to date.
Posted in Technology & Engineering

Blowout in the Gulf

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

Author: William R. Freudenburg,Robert Gramling

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262015838

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 254

View: 6529

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.
Posted in Business & Economics

Deepwater Horizon

Author: Earl Boebert,James M. Blossom

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674545230

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 290

View: 7620

In 2010 BP’s Deepwater Horizon catastrophe spiraled into the worst human-made economic and ecological disaster in Gulf Coast history. In the most comprehensive account to date, senior systems engineers Earl Boebert and James Blossom show how corporate and engineering decisions, each one individually innocuous, interacted to create the disaster.
Posted in Business & Economics

Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Author: Abrahm Lustgarten

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393083160

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 400

View: 2050

It was Big Oil's nightmare moment, and the dominoes began falling years before the well was drilled. Two decades ago, British Petroleum, a venerable and storied corporation, was running out of oil reserves. Along came a new CEO of vision and vast ambition, John Browne, who pulled off one of the greatest corporate turnarounds in history. BP bought one company after another and then relentlessly fired employees and cut costs. It skipped safety procedures, pumped toxic chemicals back into the ground, and let equipment languish, even while Browne claimed a new era of environmentally sustainable business as his own. For a while the strategy worked, making BP one of the most profitable corporations in the world. Then it all began to unravel, in felony convictions for environmental crimes and in one deadly accident after another. Employees and regulators warned that BP’s problems, unfixed, were spinning out of control, that another disaster—bigger and deadlier—was inevitable. Nobody was listening. Having reported on business and the energy industry for nearly a decade, Abrahm Lustgarten uses interviews with key executives, former government investigators, and whistle-blowers along with his exclusive access to BP’s internal documents and emails to weave a spellbinding investigative narrative of hubris and greed well before the gulf oil spill.
Posted in Business & Economics

Spills and Spin

The Inside Story of BP

Author: Tom Bergin

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446457087

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 7038

In April 2010, the world watched in alarm as BP's Macondo well suffered a fatal explosion and a catastrophic leak. Over the next three months, amid tense scenes of corporate and political finger-pointing, millions of barrels of crude oil dispersed across the Gulf of Mexico in what became one of the worst oil spills in history. But there is more to BP's story than this. Tom Bergin, an oil broker turned Reuters reporter, watched the 'two-pipeline company' of the early 1980s grow into a dynamic oil giant and PR machine by the turn of the twenty-first century. His unique access to key figures before, during and after the spill - including former CEO Tony Hayward - has enabled him to piece together this compelling account of a corporation in crisis, and to examine how crucial decisions made during BP's remarkable turnaround paved the way for its darkest hour.
Posted in Business & Economics

Into the Raging Sea

Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro

Author: Rachel Slade

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062699717

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

View: 1071

ONE OF JANET MASLIN’S MUST-READ BOOKS OF THE SUMMER A NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR'S CHOICE ONE OF OUTSIDE MAGAZINE’S BEST BOOKS OF THE SUMMER “A powerful and affecting story, beautifully handled by Slade, a journalist who clearly knows ships and the sea.”—Douglas Preston, New York Times Book Review “A Perfect Storm for a new generation.” —Ben Mezrich, bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, resulting in the worst American shipping disaster in thirty-five years. No one could fathom how a vessel equipped with satellite communications, a sophisticated navigation system, and cutting-edge weather forecasting could suddenly vanish—until now. Relying on hundreds of exclusive interviews with family members and maritime experts, as well as the words of the crew members themselves—whose conversations were captured by the ship’s data recorder—journalist Rachel Slade unravels the mystery of the sinking of El Faro. As she recounts the final twenty-four hours onboard, Slade vividly depicts the officers’ anguish and fear as they struggled to carry out Captain Michael Davidson’s increasingly bizarre commands, which, they knew, would steer them straight into the eye of the storm. Taking a hard look at America's aging merchant marine fleet, Slade also reveals the truth about modern shipping—a cut-throat industry plagued by razor-thin profits and ever more violent hurricanes fueled by global warming. A richly reported account of a singular tragedy, Into the Raging Sea takes us into the heart of an age-old American industry, casting new light on the hardworking men and women who paid the ultimate price in the name of profit.
Posted in Social Science

Fire on the Horizon Early Excerpt

The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster

Author: Tom Shroder,John Konrad

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062089226

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 5111

A real-life thriller in the tradition of The Perfect Storm In the spring of 2010 the world watched for weeks as more than 200 million gallons of crude oil billowed from a hole three miles deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Warnings of various and imminent environmental consequences dominated the news. Deepwater drilling—largely ignored or misunderstood to that point—exploded in the American consciousness in the worst way possible. Fire on the Horizon, written by veteran oil rig captain John Konrad and longtime Washington Post journalist Tom Shroder, recounts in vivid detail the life of the rig itself, from its construction in South Korea in the year 2000 to its improbable journey around the world to its disastrous end, and reveals the day-to-day lives, struggles, and ambitions of those who called it home. From the little-known maritime colleges to Transocean's training schools and Houston headquarters to the small towns all over the country where the wives and children of the Horizon's crew lived in the ever-present shadow of risk hundreds of miles away, Fire on the Horizon offers full-scale portraits of the Horizon's captain, its chief mate, its chief mechanic, and others. What emerges is a white-knuckled chronicle of engineering hubris at odds with the earth itself, an unusual manifestation of corporate greed and the unforgettable heroism of the men and women on board the Deepwater Horizon. Here is the harrowing minute-by-minute account of the fateful day, April 20, 2010, when the half-billion-dollar rig blew up, taking with it the lives of eleven people and leaving behind a swath of unprecedented natural destruction.
Posted in History

Baptism of Fire

Author: Geoff Bollands

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1789013593

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 200

View: 4948

A unique personal survival account of the Piper Alpha disaster, seen from inside the Control Room. The 30th anniversay of the disaster will be on 6th July 2018. There will be major media interest leading up to the anniversary, including a documentary, James Nesbitt: Disasters that changed Britain due to be shown in April 2018, one episode of which focuses upon Piper Alpha and features the author. Baptism of Fire, Life Death and Piper Alpha brings to life the dramatic events of 6th July 1988, the terrible cost in the loss of 167 lives, and the trauma experienced by those who survived. The book also includes the perspective of his family, as they watched the news unfold, and had to cope with the aftermath of the tragedy. After the disaster Geoff went on to build a very successful Financial Advice business. His story includes anecdotes from his life, work on the oil rig and a comprehensive account of the disaster. The story is one of hope and inspiration which illustrates that, whatever traumatic circumstances we might experience, life does go on and positive lessons can be learnt. It’s possible to have a quality of life which seems unimaginable in the early days, months and even years following such a huge trauma, and life changing event. As Geoff says: “It was and still is the worst disaster in the offshore oil industry and that is where it needs to stay. It is a very sad record that hopefully will never be beaten.”
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

Drowning in Oil: BP & the Reckless Pursuit of Profit

Author: Loren C. Steffy

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071761772

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 5315

The unprecedented account of how BP's win-at-all-costs culture led to this era's greatest industrial catastrophe Award-winning Houston Chronicle journalist Loren Steffy delivers an authoritative and hard-hitting account of the Deepwater Horizon disaster that reveals how it's only part of a larger pattern of corporate hubris on the part of British Petroleum. Written by the reporter many consider to be closest to BP and the Gulf environmental catastrophe, Drowning in Oilis a complete narrative of the British energy giant, as well as the impact its recent miscues will have on both the US economy and global energy markets. Featuring original, never-before-published interviews with BP executives, environmental experts, and oil industry insiders, this book takes readers behind the scenes to reveal in unprecedented detail BP's win-at-all-costs corporate culture. Steffy covers 100 years of BP corporate history from the conglomerate's early gambits in Persia's oilfields through its role in Winston Churchill's rise to power up to its recent scandals and disasters. Worthy of comparisons to Daniel Yergin's The Prize, and Burrough's and Helyar's Barbarians at the Gate, Drowning in Oil will become the definitive account of the energy industry as the industrialized world nears the age of Peak Oil. Exhaustively researched and extensively documented The first full-length examination of how one of the world's biggest corporations set itself up for failure on an epic scale A no-punches-pulled account of energy, environmentalism, and the intense competition among stakeholders in today's oil markets
Posted in Business & Economics

Drilling Down

The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma

Author: Joseph A. Tainter,Tadeusz W. Patzek

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781441976772

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 242

View: 5843

For more than a century, oil has been the engine of growth for a society that delivers an unprecedented standard of living to many. We now take for granted that economic growth is good, necessary, and even inevitable, but also feel a sense of unease about the simultaneous growth of complexity in the processes and institutions that generate and manage that growth. As societies grow more complex through the bounty of cheap energy, they also confront problems that seem to increase in number and severity. In this era of fossil fuels, cheap energy and increasing complexity have been in a mutually-reinforcing spiral. The more energy we have and the more problems our societies confront, the more we grow complex and require still more energy. How did our demand for energy, our technological prowess, the resulting need for complex problem solving, and the end of easy oil conspire to make the Deepwater Horizon oil spill increasingly likely, if not inevitable? This book explains the real causal factors leading up to the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history, a disaster from which it will take decades to recover.
Posted in Technology & Engineering

Old Souls

Compelling Evidence from Children Who Remember Past Lives

Author: Thomas Shroder

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743218922

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 256

View: 2174

A riveting firsthand account of one man’s mission to investigate and document some of the most astonishing phenomena of our time—children who speak of past life memory and reincarnation. All across the globe, small children spontaneously speak of previous lives, beg to be taken “home,” pine for mothers and husbands and mistresses from another life, and know things that there seems to be no normal way for them to know. From the moment these children can talk, they speak of people and events from the past—not vague stories of centuries ago, but details of specific, identifiable individuals who may have died just months, weeks, or even hours before the birth of the child in question. For thirty-seven years, Dr. Ian Stevenson has traveled the world from Lebanon to suburban Virginia investigating and documenting more than two thousand of these past life memory cases. Now, his essentially unknown work is being brought to the mainstream by Tom Shroder, the first journalist to have the privilege of accompanying Dr. Stevenson in his fieldwork. Shroder follows Stevenson into the lives of children and families touched by this phenomenon, changing from skeptic to believer as he comes face-to-face with concrete evidence he cannot discount in this spellbinding and true story.
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

The Simple Truth

Author: J. A. Turley

Publisher: Brier Patch, Llcshing, LLC

ISBN: 9780985877217

Category: BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010

Page: 352

View: 6640

A novel based on the factual events surrounding British Petroleum's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Posted in BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010

The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea

Author: Jack E. Davis

Publisher: Liveright Publishing

ISBN: 0871408678

Category: Nature

Page: 448

View: 8149

In this “cri de coeur about the Gulf’s environmental ruin” (New York Times), “Davis has written a beautiful homage to a neglected sea” (front page, New York Times Book Review). Hailed as a “nonfiction epic . . . in the tradition of Jared Diamond’s best-seller Collapse, and Simon Winchester’s Atlantic” (Dallas Morning News), Jack E. Davis’s The Gulf is “by turns informative, lyrical, inspiring and chilling for anyone who cares about the future of ‘America’s Sea’ ” (Wall Street Journal). Illuminating America’s political and economic relationship with the environment from the age of the conquistadors to the present, Davis demonstrates how the Gulf’s fruitful ecosystems and exceptional beauty empowered a growing nation. Filled with vivid, untold stories from the sportfish that launched Gulfside vacationing to Hollywood’s role in the country’s first offshore oil wells, this “vast and welltold story shows how we made the Gulf . . . [into] a ‘national sacrifice zone’ ” (Bill McKibben). The first and only study of its kind, The Gulf offers “a unique and illuminating history of the American Southern coast and sea as it should be written” (Edward O. Wilson).
Posted in Nature