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Disaster on the horizon : high stakes, high risks, and the story behind the Deepwater well blowout

Author: Bob Cavnar
Publisher: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bob Cavnar
ISBN: 9781603583169 1603583165
OCLC Number: 723254069
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Awards: Runner-up for ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award: Environment 2010
Description: 1 v. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Part 1: The Blowout --
Unleashing the beast and paying the price 3 --
The well from hell: drilling the Deepwater 16 --
How blowout preventers don't work 347 --
Technology reaching beyond our ability to control it 47 --
Part 2: The Response --
A rogue from the start: influencing world politics, gambling with safety 63 --
How did we get here? A brief history of offshore drilling 71 --
Corporate shape-shifting and the BP-government merger 80 --
How not to save an ecosystem: dispersants, skimming, and booming 101 --
Top cap, top hat, top kill, capping stack: making it up as we go along 116 --
Going for the kill: firefighting and relief wells 137 --
The politics of offshore drilling 151 --
The aftermath: what do we do now? 166 --
Glossary 183 --
Appendix: Technical Images 195 --
Endnotes 200 --
About the author 221 --
Index 222.
Responsibility: Bob Cavnar.

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"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".

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