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: 7073

"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.

Fire on the Horizon LP

The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster

Author: Tom Shroder,John Konrad

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062066544

Category: History

Page: 378

View: 840

A real-life thriller in the tradition of The Perfect Storm, Fire on the Horizon recounts the life of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig—from its construction in South Korea in the year 2000 to its journey around the world to its disastrous end. On and off the rig, Fire on the Horizon reveals the particulars of a culture most of us have never known, from the small maritime colleges to Transocean's training schools and Houston headquarters, and culminates in the harrowing minute-by-minute account of the fateful day, April 20, 2010, when the half-billion-dollar rig blew up, taking the lives of eleven people and leaving an unprecedented swath of natural destruction in its fiery wake.

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: 7610

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.

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: 7524

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.

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: 9468

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.

A Sea in Flames

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout

Author: Carl Safina

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0307887375

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 3073

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.

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: 9345

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.

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: 7399

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.

Fire in the Night

The Piper Alpha Disaster

Author: Stephen McGinty

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0230738877

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 304

View: 670

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.

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: 7997

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.

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: 6791

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

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: 9489

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.

Deepwater Horizon

Author: Earl Boebert,James M. Blossom

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674545230

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 290

View: 7405

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.

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: 8799

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.

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: 5689

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.

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: 1732

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.

Acid Test

LSD, Ecstasy, and the Power to Heal

Author: Tom Shroder

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101605111

Category: History

Page: 448

View: 6033

“A book that should start a long-overdue national conversation.” —Dave Barry With the F.D.A. agreeing to new trials to test MDMA (better known as Ecstasy) as a treatment for PTSD—which, if approved, could be available as a drug by 2021—Acid Test is leading the charge in an evolving conversation about psychedelic drugs. Despite their current illegality, many Americans are already familiar with their effects. Yet while LSD and MDMA have proven extraordinarily effective in treating anxiety disorders such as PTSD, they still remain off-limits to the millions who might benefit from them. Through the stories of three very different men, award-winning journalist Tom Shroder covers the drugs’ roller-coaster history from their initial reception in the 1950s to the negative stereotypes that persist today. At a moment when popular opinion is rethinking the potential benefits of some illegal drugs, and with new research coming out every day, Acid Test is a fascinating and informative must-read.

The BP Oil Spill

Author: Peter Benoit

Publisher: Childrens Press

ISBN: 9780531206300

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 5027

Photographs, maps, time lines, and easy-to-follow text describe the events surrounding the 2010 British Petroleum/Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived

A True Story of My Family

Author: Tom Shroder

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399174591

Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Page: 402

View: 6398

Author and journalist Tom Shroder has made a career of investigative journalism and human-interest stories, from examining the claims of children who appear to remember previous lives for his book Old Souls, to chronicling an Iraq war veteran's near fatal struggle with PTSD and the psychedelic drug treatments that saved him in his most recent, Acid Test. Shroder's most fascinating reporting, however, comes from within his own family - his grandfather, MacKinlay Kantor, was world-famous in the 1950s and 1960s for his seminal Pulitzer-winning novel of the Civil War, Andersonville. As a child, Shroder was in awe of the larger-than-life character. Kantor's friends included Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandberg, Gregory Peck, and James Cagney. He was an early mentor to John D. MacDonald, and 'discovered' the singer Burl Ives. He wrote the novel Glory for Me, which became the multi-Oscar-winning film The Best Years of Our Lives. He also ghostwrote General Curtis LeMay s memoirs, penning the infam

Moxyland

Author: Lauren Beukes

Publisher: Mulholland Books

ISBN: 0316267902

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 1994

Lauren Beukes's frighteningly persuasive, high-tech fable that follows four narrators living in a dystopian near-future. Kendra, an art-school dropout, brands herself for a nanotech marketing program. Lerato, an ambitious AIDS baby, plots to defect from her corporate employers. Tendeka, a hot-headed activist, is becoming increasingly rabid. Toby, a roguish blogger, discovers that the video games he plays for cash are much more than they seem. On a collision course that will rewire their lives, these characters crackle with bold and infectious ideas, connecting a ruthless corporate-apartheid government with video games, biotech attack dogs, slippery online identities, a township soccer school, shocking cell phones, addictive branding, and genetically modified art. Taking hedonistic trends in society to their ultimate conclusions, Lauren Beukes spins a tale of a utopia gone wrong, satirically undermining the idea of progress as society's white knight.