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Accession Number PB2011-104225
Title Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling. Recommendations.
Publication Date Jan 2011
Media Count 80p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract The explosion that tore through the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig last April 20th, as the rigs crew completed drilling the exploratory Macondo well deep under the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, began a human, economic, and environmental disaster. Eleven crew members died, and others were seriously injured, as fire engulfed and ultimately destroyed the rig. And, although the nation would not know the full scope of the disaster for weeks, the first of more than four million barrels of oil began gushing uncontrolled into the Gulf threatening livelihoods, precious habitats, and even a unique way of life. A treasured American landscape, already battered and degraded from years of mismanagement, faced yet another blow as the oil spread and washed ashore. Five years after Hurricane Katrina, the nation was again transfixed, seemingly helpless, as this new tragedy unfolded in the Gulf. The costs from this one industrial accident are not yet fully counted, but it is already clear that the impacts on the regions natural systems and people were enormous, and that economic losses total tens of billions of dollars. On May 22, 2010, President Barack Obama announced the creation of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling: an independent, nonpartisan entity, directed to provide a thorough analysis and impartial judgment. The President charged the Commission to determine the causes of the disaster, and to improve the countrys ability to respond to spills, and to recommend reforms to make offshore energy production safer. And the President said we were to follow the facts wherever they led. This report is the result of an intense six-month effort to fulfill the Presidents charge.
Keywords Blowout preventers
British Petroleum
Coast guard
Deep water
Deepwater horizon rig
Emergency preparedness
Emergency response
Gas wells
Gulf of Mexico
Halliburton corporation
Interagency coordination
International cooperation
Minerals management service
National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill an
Offshore drilling
Oil spill response
Oil spills
Oil wells
President Barak Obama
Regulatory agencies
Transocean corporation
Well completion

Source Agency Technical Information Center Oak Ridge Tennessee
The White House Office
NTIS Subject Category 48A - *
97R - Environmental Studies
91I - Emergency Services & Planning
47 - Ocean Sciences & Technology
68D - Water Pollution & Control
57H - Ecology
70F - Public Administration & Government
70B - Management Practice
Corporate Author National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1107
Contract Number N/A

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