By Loren C. Steffy
They fumbled round the darkened room and located an guideline manual. through flashlight, they learn the beginning systems. They have been doing every thing correct. After 5 or 6 futile attempts, they gave up and headed again towards the bridge. again at the bridge, alarms have been shrieking and the captain knew they have been operating out of time. The subsea engineer had hit the emergency disconnect for the good, and even supposing the keep an eye on panel confirmed the rig will be loose, it wasn't. The hydraulics have been lifeless. hearth endured to shoot from the pinnacle of the derrick. The rig had no power,and with no strength, it had no pumps for the firefighting gear, no approach to close off the move of gasoline from the good, and no solution to disconnect the rig from the flaming umbilical that had it tethered to the wellhead. -- From Drowning in Oil As evening settled on April 20, 2010, a chain of explosions rocked Deepwater Horizon, the sizeable semisubmersible drilling platform leased by means of British Petroleum, positioned forty miles off the Louisiana coast. the resultant inferno claimed eleven lives, and it'll rage uncontained for 2 days, till its wreckage sank to a last resting position approximately a mile underneath the waves. at the ocean flooring, the unit's wellhead erupted. Over the following ten weeks, as repeated makes an attempt to cap the geyser failed, an envisioned 2 hundred million gallons of oil--the similar of 20 Exxon Valdez spills--spewed into the Gulf of Mexico, finally lapping up on seashores as far-off as Florida. Drowning in Oil, through award-winning Houston Chronicle company reporter and columnist Loren Steffy--considered by means of many to be the author with the easiest entry to the story--is an extraordinary and gripping narrative of this disaster and the way BP's winner-take-all enterprise tradition made all of it yet inevitable. via never-before-published interviews with BP executives and staff, environmental specialists, and oil insiders, Steffy takes us behind the curtain of a hundred years of BP company background. starting with the conglomerate's early gambits within the center East to itsrecent ascent between power titans, Steff finds the roots of the Gulf oil spill within the unwritten cut price among oil manufacturers and shoppers, whose insatiable appetites force the quest for brand spanking new provides quicker, farther, and deeper. past this, the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe happened after a background of fee slicing in pursuit of earnings, really lower than the advice of its latest ex-CEOs, John Browne and Anthony Hayward. Exhaustively researched and documented, Drowning in Oil is the 1st in-depth exam of the way an absence of company accountability and executive oversight resulted in the most important offshore oil spill in U.S. historical past. it really is an goal, nopunches--pulled account of the power undefined: its environmental influence and the serious festival between stakeholders in present day oil markets. This ebook places all the things jointly, delivering a definitive account of BP's pursuit of oversized gains because the business international awakens to the bleak realities of height Oil.
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