By National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling
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 climate, broken fisheries and demanding habitats, and taken vividly to mild the hazards of deepwater drilling for oil and fuel the most recent frontier within the nationwide strength provide. quickly after, President Barack Obama appointed a seven-member fee to enquire the catastrophe, examine its factors and results, and suggest the activities essential to reduce such hazards sooner or later. The fee s record bargains the yankee public and policymakers alike the fullest account on hand of what occurred within the Gulf and why, and proposes activities adjustments in corporation habit, reform of govt oversight, and investments in examine and know-how required as strikes ahead to satisfy the country s power wishes.
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Ninety-nine others, including Bertone, were transported to the mainland by the rescue vessel Bankston. Roughly 36 hours after the first explosion, Deepwater Horizon sank to the bottom. It was April 22—Earth Day. 182 They heard rumbling sounds coming from deep below the surface of the water—possibly underwater explosions as the rig burned, exploded, listed, and drifted. Frightened, they still kept to their search. After rescue boats came on the scene, they ferried medical supplies between one of those and the Bankston.
Production processes were highly interdependent: delay in one place could cause delays elsewhere. So there were relentless demands to drill the wells, install the platforms, and get the oil and gas flowing. ” remembered one offshore veteran. ’ There was no suing like people are suing now. ”21 27 27 28 National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling Accident rates for mobile drilling vessels remained unacceptably high, especially for jackups. Blowouts, helicopter crashes, diving accidents, and routine injuries on platforms were all too common.
But reducing accidents caused by human error, poor safety management, or simultaneous operations continued to be a vexing challenge. Chapter Two Constrained Expansion As new regulations brought more caution to offshore oil development, countervailing forces emerged to speed it up. Domestic oil supply could not keep up with demand. S. oil production peaked, however, in 1970. Along with the OPEC oil embargo of 1973 and consequent skyrocketing price of oil products, this event spurred the quest to develop new offshore reserves.
Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling by National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling