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Disaster on the Horizon: High Stakes, High Risks, and the Story Behind the Deepwater Well Blowoutby Bob Cavnar
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What Really Happened Out in the Gulf?The Deepwater Horizon blowout dominated the world's attention for months, yet Americans still lack an understanding of the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history. Disaster on the Horizon is the first comprehensive book on the causes of the disaster by expert Bob Cavnar. He delivers a hard-hitting portrait of industry and government woefully unprepared to respond.From inside the oil business - field hand to CEO - Cavnar witnessed the carelessness of the industry first hand when he was burned by a gas well fire in 1981.Disaster on the Horizon reveals explosive details: Collusion between BP and the government to hide the severity of the spill.The blowout preventer technology details - why it failed.The behind-the-scenes story of the Obama administration's $20 billion deal with BP.How BP blamed others for their mistakes.BP's corner cutting on safety.The risky top kill procedure.Obama's failure to take advice from industry experts.Disaster on the Horizon provides a roadmap for ensuring this never happens again. Cavnar calls out his own industry for ignoring safety improvements and lobbying to end the moratorium on off-shore drilling as quickly as possible. Cavnar's takeaways: Technology must be vastly improved before deepwater drilling resumes. The industry had a chance to get started on this during the moratorium, but delayed and lobbied instead.Tougher regulations on deepwater drilling should be enacted-in technology, disaster preparedness, and response operations.A comprehensive energy policy that creates a favorable environment for full-scale alternative energy development and conservation.
Book News Annotation:
Cavnar, an experienced oil industry professional, presents an examination of the conditions that led up to the British Petroleum Gulf of Mexico oil spill and a critical analysis of the disaster response. The volume presents a clear narrative of the events and provides insight into problems that were known before the disaster, the intransigence of BP and their subcontractor Transocean and the too little, too late actions of the US government in containing the spill and preventing wider damage. Of interest to general readers, this work cuts through the corporate and governmental public relations spin to provide an experience-based analysis of one of the most important events in American environmental history. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
What Really Happened Out in the Gulf?
The Deepwater Horizon blowout dominated the world's attention for months, yet Americans still lack an understanding of the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history. Disaster on the Horizon is the first comprehensive book on the causes of the disaster by expert Bob Cavnar. He delivers a hard-hitting portrait of industry and government woefully unprepared to respond.
From inside the oil business field hand to CEO Cavnar witnessed the carelessness of the industry first hand when he was burned by a gas well fire in 1981.
Disaster on the Horizon reveals explosive details: Collusion between BP and the government to hide the severity of the spill; The blowout preventer technology details why it failed; The behind-the-scenes story of the administration's $20 billion deal with BP; How BP blamed others for their mistakes; BP's corner cutting on safety; The risky top kill procedure; and and Obama's failure to take advice from industry experts.
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.
About the Author
Bob Cavnar is a 30-year veteran of the oil and gas industry with deep experience in operations, start-ups, turn-arounds, and management of both public and private companies. He was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of Milagro Exploration, a large, privately held oil and gas exploration firm based in Houston, Texas with operations along the Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi Gulf Coasts, and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Cavnar holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University and completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School. He lives in Houston, Texas and blogs at DailyHurricane.com
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