Blowout in the Gulf

Blowout in the Gulf
Author: William R. Freudenburg,Robert Gramling
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 269
Release: 2012-02-10
Genre: Nature
ISBN: 9780262294089

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The story of how a chain of failures, missteps, and bad decisions led to America's biggest environmental disaster. On April 20, 2010, the gigantic drilling rig Deepwater Horizon blew up in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven crew members and causing a massive eruption of oil from BP's Macondo well. For months, oil gushed into the Gulf, spreading death and destruction. Americans watched real-time video of the huge column of oil and gas spewing from the obviously failed “blowout preventer.” What was missing, though, was the larger story of this disaster. In Blowout in the Gulf, energy experts William Freudenburg and Robert Gramling explain both the disaster and the decisions that led up to it. Blowout in the Gulf weaves a fascinating narrative of failures, missteps, and bad decisions, explaining why this oil spill was a disaster waiting to happen—and how making better energy choices will help prevent others like it.

Blowout and Well Control Handbook

Blowout and Well Control Handbook
Author: Robert D. Grace
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 469
Release: 2003-10-03
Genre: Science
ISBN: 0080476163

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As with his 1994 book, Advanced Blowout and Well Control, Grace offers a book that presents tested practices and procedures for well control, all based on solid engineering principles and his own more than 25 years of hands-on field experience. Specific situations are reviewed along with detailed procedures to analyze alternatives and tackle problems. The use of fluid dynamics in well control, which the author pioneered, is given careful treatment, along with many other topics such as relief well operations, underground blowouts, slim hole drilling problems, and special services such as fire fighting, capping, and snubbing. In addition, case histories are presented, analyzed, and discussed. Provides new techniques for blowout containment, never before published, first used in the Gulf War Provides the most up-to-date techniques and tools for blowout and well control New case histories include the Kuwait fires that were set by Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War


Author: Mario T. García,Sal Castro
Publsiher: Univ of North Carolina Press
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2011-03-21
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780807877913

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In March 1968, thousands of Chicano students walked out of their East Los Angeles high schools and middle schools to protest decades of inferior and discriminatory education in the so-called "Mexican Schools." During these historic walkouts, or "blowouts," the students were led by Sal Castro, a courageous and charismatic Mexican American teacher who encouraged the students to make their grievances public after school administrators and school board members failed to listen to them. The resulting blowouts sparked the beginning of the urban Chicano Movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the largest and most widespread civil rights protests by Mexican Americans in U.S. history. This fascinating testimonio, or oral history, transcribed and presented in Castro's voice by historian Mario T. Garcia, is a compelling, highly readable narrative of a young boy growing up in Los Angeles who made history by his leadership in the blowouts and in his career as a dedicated and committed teacher. Blowout! fills a major void in the history of the civil rights and Chicano movements of the 1960s, particularly the struggle for educational justice.

Advanced Blowout Well Control

Advanced Blowout   Well Control
Author: Robert D. Grace
Publsiher: Gulf Professional Publishing
Total Pages: 412
Release: 1994
Genre: Technology & Engineering
ISBN: 088415260X

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Full text engineering e-book.

BP Blowout

BP Blowout
Author: Daniel Jacobs
Publsiher: Brookings Institution Press
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2016-09-30
Genre: Business & Economics
ISBN: 9780815729099

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The story of the worst environmental disaster in American history and its enduring consequences BP Blowout is the first comprehensive account of the legal, economic, and environmental consequences of the disaster that resulted from the April 2010 blowout at a BP well in the Gulf of Mexico. The accident, which destroyed the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, killed 11 people. The ensuing oil discharge–the largest ever in U.S. waters—polluted much of the Gulf for months, wreaking havoc on its inhabitants and the environment. A management professor and former award-winning Justice Department lawyer responsible for enforcing environmental laws, Daniel Jacobs tells the story that neither BP nor the federal government wants heard: how the company and the government fell short, both in terms of preventing and responding to the disaster. Critical details about the cause and aftermath of the disaster have emerged through court proceedings and with time. The key finding of the federal judge who presided over the civil litigation was that the blowout resulted from BP’s gross negligence. BP has paid tens of billions of dollars to settle claims and lawsuits. The company also has pled guilty to manslaughter in a separate criminal case, but no one responsible for the tragedy is going to prison. BP Blowout provides new and disturbing details in a definitive narrative that takes the reader inside BP, the White House, Congress and the courthouse. This is an important book for readers interested in the environment, sustainability, public policy, leadership, and risk management.

Blowout of the Mexican Oil Well Ixtoc I

Blowout of the Mexican Oil Well Ixtoc I
Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 408
Release: 1980
Genre: Oil pollution of rivers, harbors, etc
ISBN: LOC:0018579846A

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Macondo Well Deepwater Horizon Blowout

Macondo Well Deepwater Horizon Blowout
Author: National Research Council,National Academy of Engineering,Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology,Marine Board,Committee on the Analysis of Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Fire, and Oil Spill to Identify Measures to Prevent Similar Accidents to the Future
Publsiher: National Academies Press
Total Pages: 236
Release: 2012-03-02
Genre: Science
ISBN: 9780309221412

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The blowout of the Macondo well on April 20, 2010, led to enormous consequences for the individuals involved in the drilling operations, and for their families. Eleven workers on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig lost their lives and 16 others were seriously injured. There were also enormous consequences for the companies involved in the drilling operations, to the Gulf of Mexico environment, and to the economy of the region and beyond. The flow continued for nearly 3 months before the well could be completely killed, during which time, nearly 5 million barrels of oil spilled into the gulf. Macondo Well-Deepwater Horizon Blowout examines the causes of the blowout and provides a series of recommendations, for both the oil and gas industry and government regulators, intended to reduce the likelihood and impact of any future losses of well control during offshore drilling. According to this report, companies involved in offshore drilling should take a "system safety" approach to anticipating and managing possible dangers at every level of operation-from ensuring the integrity of wells to designing blowout preventers that function under all foreseeable conditions-in order to reduce the risk of another accident as catastrophic as the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. In addition, an enhanced regulatory approach should combine strong industry safety goals with mandatory oversight at critical points during drilling operations. Macondo Well-Deepwater Horizon Blowout discusses ultimate responsibility and accountability for well integrity and safety of offshore equipment, formal system safety education and training of personnel engaged in offshore drilling, and guidelines that should be established so that well designs incorporate protection against the various credible risks associated with the drilling and abandonment process. This book will be of interest to professionals in the oil and gas industry, government decision makers, environmental advocacy groups, and others who seek an understanding of the processes involved in order to ensure safety in undertakings of this nature.

A History of Oil and Gas Well Blowouts in California

A History of Oil  and Gas Well Blowouts in California
Author: Robert L. Hauser,William F. Guerard, Jr.
Publsiher: DIANE Publishing
Total Pages: 36
Release: 1996-09
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 9780788132889

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A blowout, defined as the uncontrolled flow of formation fluids from a well bore, is one of the most dramatic of all oilfield events. Fortunately, blowouts are rare occurrences today. This report summarizes the history of oil and gas-well blowouts in California between 1950 and 1990. Tables provide information such as the ratio of blowouts to wells drilled, and tabulations of wells drilled and producing in California. Blowout information includes: date, operator, field, well and cause, fire, substance, injuries, and the causes of the blowouts. Glossary of terms.