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Disaster on the horizon : high stakes, high risks, and the story behind the Deepwater well blowout /
Bob Cavnar.
imprint
White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., c2010.
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xviii, 230 p.
ISBN
1603583165 (pbk.), 9781603583169 (pbk.)
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imprint
White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., c2010.
isbn
1603583165 (pbk.)
9781603583169 (pbk.)
contents note
Unleashing the beast and paying the price -- The well from hell: drilling the Deepwater -- How blowout preventers don't work -- Technology reaching beyond our ability to control it -- A rogue from the start: influencing world politics, gambling with safety -- How did we get here? A brief history of offshore drilling -- Corporate shape-shifting and the BP/government merger -- How not to save an ecosystem: dispersants, skimming, and booming -- Top cap, top hat, top kill, capping stack: making it up as we go along -- Going for the kill: firefighting and relief wells -- The politics of offshore drilling -- The aftermath: what do we do now?
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7388328
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
First Chapter
Because of Bob Cavnar's extensive experince in the oil and gas drilling business--which includes being the victim of a drilling-related explosion himself--his book brings alive the BP disaster in ways no other account has done. Cavnar lets the reader understand how the disaster really happened, and who bears responsibility. Not surprisingly, he also shows what happened during the Bush administration to make this tragedy more likely.--Howard Dean, former DNC Chair and Vermont governor; author of Howard Dean''s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2011-04-01:
Cavnar is an industry insider who provides a perspective that only an insider can on the events that led to the Deepwater Horizon well blowout on April 20, 2010, and the subsequent Gulf oil spill that Cavnar and others call "the largest environmental catastrophe in the history of the United States." Cavnar brings his 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry to his descriptions of events and industry practices and procedures. That experience gives the book a unique perspective on the events leading up to and following the blowout. The author believes that the incident could have been prevented. But it was, in fact, inevitable. Cavnar states that complacency and overconfidence were significant factors in the disaster; essentially the disaster was primarily caused by human error. He discusses both the industry and federal response to the disaster, and the subsequent impact on tourism and fishing industries. Finally, Cavnar calls upon the reader to think about lessons learned, the future of energy policy and security, the need for leadership in these areas, and also what people's roles should be as environmental stewards. Summing Up; Highly recommended. All levels of readership. E. A. Roberts Library of Congress
Reviews
Review Quotes
A clear-eyed look at what really happened on the Deepwater Horizon, and a dissection of the toxic regulatory system that made it possible,Disaster on the Horizonpacks a powerful one-two punch-all the more devastating because it's delivered by an industry insider.--Arianna Huffington, cofounder and editor in chief ofThe Huffington Post
"A clear-eyed look at what really happened on the Deepwater Horizon, and a dissection of the toxic regulatory system that mde it possible. This book packs a powerful one-two punch - all th emore devastating because it's delivered by an industry insider."
"Because of Bob Cavnar's extensive experince in the oil and gas drilling business--which includes being the victim of a drilling-related explosion himself--his book brings alive the BP disaster in ways no other account has done. Cavnar lets the reader understand how the disaster really happened, and who bears responsibility. Not surprisingly, he also shows what happened during the Bush administration to make this tragedy more likely." --Howard Dean, former DNC Chair and Vermont governor; author of Howard Dean''s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform
"Because of Bob Cavnar's extensive experince in the oil and gas drilling business--which includes being the victim of a drilling-related explosion himself--his book brings alive the BP disaster in ways no other account has done. Cavnar lets the reader understand how the disaster really happened, and who bears responsibility. Not surprisingly, he also shows what happened during the Bush administration to make this tragedy more likely."--Howard Dean, former DNC Chair and Vermont governor; author of Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform
"Because of Bob Cavnar's extensive experince in the oil and gas drilling business--which includes being the victim of a drilling-related explosion himself--his book brings alive the BP disaster in ways no other account has done. Cavnar lets the reader understand how the disaster really happened, and who bears responsibility. Not surprisingly, he also shows what happened during the Bush administration to make this tragedy more likely."--Howard Dean, former DNC Chair and Vermont governor; author ofHoward Dean''s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform
Bob Cavnar, with thirty years of oil patch experience, has written the definitive story of the blowout in the Gulf. It is a gripping and deadly tale--one that takes the reader to the rig site, where he makes you feel the blast and heat from the explosion, and gives you an unrivaled look at what actually went on in the blowout and in the months that followed it. Lives tragically lost and lessons to be learned. A must read for everyone concerned about the oil industry, the effectiveness of government regulation, and America's energy future. --Mark White, former governor of Texas
Bob Cavnar, with thirty years of oil patch experience, has written the definitive story of the blowout in the Gulf. It is a gripping and deadly tale--one that takes the reader to the rig site, where he makes you feel the blast and heat from the explosion, and gives you an unrivaled look at what actually went on in the blowout and in the months that followed it. Lives tragically lost and lessons to be learned. A must read for everyone concerned about the oil industry, the effectiveness of government regulation, and America's energy future.--Mark White, former governor of Texas
"Brilliant. A must read to understand what happened--and why." --Bruce Babbitt, former U.S. secretary of the Interior and governor of Arizona; author of Cities in the Wilderness
"Brilliant. A must read to understand what happened--and why."--Bruce Babbitt, former U.S. secretary of the Interior and governor of Arizona; author of Cities in the Wilderness
"Brilliant. A must read to understand what happened--and why."--Bruce Babbitt, former U.S. secretary of the Interior and governor of Arizona; author ofCities in the Wilderness
"Cavnar captures all the drama of the disaster with an oilman's expertise. This book not only explains what happened on the well on April 20th, but all the decisions made in the past that led up to that fateful night. In the process, Cavnar hasn't just delivered a riveting story, but a political call to arms." --Mimi Schwartz, executive editor of Texas Monthly and co-author of Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron
"Cavnar captures all the drama of the disaster with an oilman's expertise. This book not only explains what happened on the well on April 20th, but all the decisions made in the past that led up to that fateful night. In the process, Cavnar hasn't just delivered a riveting story, but a political call to arms."--Mimi Schwartz, executive editor of Texas Monthly and co-author of Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron
"Cavnar captures all the drama of the disaster with an oilman's expertise. This book not only explains what happened on the well on April 20th, but all the decisions made in the past that led up to that fateful night. In the process, Cavnar hasn't just delivered a riveting story, but a political call to arms."--Mimi Schwartz, executive editor ofTexas Monthlyand co-author ofPower Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron
Publishers Weekly - Cavnar, a veteran of the energy industry (including early work on oil rigs and pipeline construction), does a more-than-admirable job of clarifying deepwater drilling, specifically the corporate interests behind it and the mechanics and risks associated with it. Cavnar approach his subject like a muckraking reporter, pointing fingers and wringing hands and, though he doesn't spare BP, he argues that their hands were tied. Regarding their lowball estimates of oil spilled in the early days, Cavnar states that "liability is based on the amount of oil released into the environment"; though BP officials "probably had calculated the actual flow rate to within a few percent," releasing those figures would have meant owning up to a much greater liability. Especially chilling is Cavnar's assertion that other disasters will follow Deepwater Horizon, since 27% of domestic production comes from deepwater drilling and a 2009 study of subsea Blow Out Protectors showed a failure rate of 45%. Even if the US were to regulate or ban all offshore drilling, multinational companies would set up deepwater rigs near more lenient nations to sidestep the problem. Ultimately Cavnar issues a call to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels; only this, he suggest, will spare us ecological catastrophe.
Publishers Weekly- Cavnar, a veteran of the energy industry (including early work on oil rigs and pipeline construction), does a more-than-admirable job of clarifying deepwater drilling, specifically the corporate interests behind it and the mechanics and risks associated with it. Cavnar approach his subject like a muckraking reporter, pointing fingers and wringing hands and, though he doesn't spare BP, he argues that their hands were tied. Regarding their lowball estimates of oil spilled in the early days, Cavnar states that "liability is based on the amount of oil released into the environment"; though BP officials "probably had calculated the actual flow rate to within a few percent," releasing those figures would have meant owning up to a much greater liability. Especially chilling is Cavnar's assertion that other disasters will follow Deepwater Horizon, since 27% of domestic production comes from deepwater drilling and a 2009 study of subsea Blow Out Protectors showed a failure rate of 45%. Even if the US were to regulate or ban all offshore drilling, multinational companies would set up deepwater rigs near more lenient nations to sidestep the problem. Ultimately Cavnar issues a call to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels; only this, he suggest, will spare us ecological catastrophe.
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PW Annex Reviews, November 2010
Booklist, January 2011
Choice, April 2011
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Summaries
Back Cover Copy
Disaster on the Horizon delves into the worst oil well accident in US history, which killed eleven men and led to the current environmental and economic catastrophe on the Gulf Coast. With thirty years in oil and gas operations, insider Bob Cavnar provides a candid, engaging, and chilling look at the industry, its resistance to regulation, and the government concessions that are now putting people and coastlines in jeopardy. He brings the industry's technology and people to life, delivering the untold story of the blowout, response, and decisions made by BP, Transocean, and the US government. Ultimately, Cavnar charts a crucial course for how to avoid these disasters in the future.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This title provides a clear-eyed look at what really happened on the Deepwater Horizon, and a dissection of the toxic regulatory system that made it possible.
Library of Congress Summary
Provides detail about the oil well accident that occurred in April of 2010, which the author describes as the worst oil well accident in United States history, and examines the oil industry, its resistance to regulations, and government concessions that cause the issues to remain.
Main Description
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.
Main Description
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.
Main Description
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.

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