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By National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling

ISBN-10: 0160873711

ISBN-13: 9780160873713

On April 20, 2010, the Macondo good blew out, costing the lives of eleven males, and starting a disaster that sank the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and spilled approximately five million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The spill disrupted a whole quarter s economic system, broken fisheries and important habitats, and taken vividly to gentle the hazards of deepwater drilling for oil and fuel the newest frontier within the nationwide strength provide. quickly after, President Barack Obama appointed a seven-member fee to enquire the catastrophe, learn its reasons and results, and suggest the activities essential to reduce such dangers sooner or later. The fee s record deals the yankee public and policymakers alike the fullest account on hand of what occurred within the Gulf and why, and proposes activities alterations in corporation habit, reform of executive oversight, and investments in examine and expertise required as strikes ahead to satisfy the state s strength wishes.

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Working for Shell Oil on the industry’s first “day-rate” contract ($6,000 per day), Mr. Charlie drilled and developed two of the Gulf Coast’s largest oil fields, in the East Bay just off the South Pass outlet of the Mississippi River. ” exclaimed Shell’s New Orleans vice president after the first well. ”7 Giant salt-dome fields discovered offshore Louisiana—Shell’s East Bay and West Delta, the California Company’s (Chevron) Bay Marchand and Main Pass, Magnolia’s (Mobil) Eugene Island, and Humble Oil’s Grand Isle, all under less than 30 feet of water—encouraged operators to move farther out in the Gulf.

In 1977, the massive onshore Prudhoe Bay field on the North Slope started pumping oil through the TransAlaska Pipeline. Many explorers expected to find the next great oil frontier to the north of Prudhoe Bay, in the Bering, Beaufort, and Chukchi Seas. 61 35 35 36 National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling Everywhere operators drilled offshore Alaska, however, they came up empty. Either they found no source rocks or the deposits they did find were not large enough at that time to turn a profit in the Arctic’s forbidding environment.

More explosions and searing heat engulfed them. The flames were spreading further up and around the rig toward them. Bertone leaped in the life raft. Even through his leather gloves he could feel the heat. Fleytas jumped in and the raft lurched back and forth. She cried out, “We’re going to die. ” Bertone felt the same way as the raft filled with smoke and the flames leapt closer. ” The life raft rocked back and forth in the air between the rig decks, and then began—herky-jerky—to descend. 156 They touched the water, which was ablaze.

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