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Author Achenbach, Joel

Title A hole at the bottom of the sea : the race to kill the BP oil gusher / Joel Achenbach

Publ Info New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011
Edition First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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Descript 276 pages ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Prologue -- Macondo -- Inferno -- Hot stabs -- Crisis -- Doomsday -- Calling all geniuses -- Louisiana -- Top kill -- Repercussions -- A disaster site -- Integrity test -- The banality of catastrophe -- Epilogue : An engineered planet
Note "It was a technological crisis in an alien realm: a blown-out oil well in mile-deep water in the Gulf of Mexico. For the engineers who had to kill the well, this was like Apollo 13, a crisis no one saw coming, and one of untold danger and challenge. A suspense story, a mystery, a technological thriller: This is Joel Achenbach's groundbreaking account of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and what came after. The tragic explosion on the huge drilling rig in April 2010 killed eleven men and triggered an environmental disaster. As a gusher of crude surged into the Gulf's waters, BP engineers and government scientists--awkwardly teamed in Houston--raced to devise ways to plug the Macondo well. Achenbach, a veteran reporter for The Washington Post and acclaimed science writer for National Geographic, moves beyond the blame game to tell the gripping story of what it was like, behind the scenes, moment by moment, in the struggle to kill Macondo. Here are the controversies, the miscalculations, the frustrations, and ultimately the technical triumphs of men and women who worked out of sight and around the clock for months to find a way to plug the well. The Deepwater Horizon disaster was an environmental 9/11. The government did not have the means to solve the problem; only the private sector had the tools, and it didn't have the right ones as the country became haunted by Macondo's black plume, which was omnipresent on TV and the Internet. Remotely operated vehicles, the spaceships of the deep, had to perform the challenging technical maneuvers on the sea floor. Engineers choreographed this robotic ballet and crammed years of innovation into a single summer. As he describes the drama in Houston, Achenbach probes the government investigation into what went wrong in the deep sea. This was a confounding mystery, an engineering whodunit. The lessons of this tragedy can be applied broadly to all complex enterprises and should make us look more closely at the highly engineered society that surrounds us. Achenbach has written a cautionary tale that doubles as a technological thriller."--Provided by publisher
LC subject Offshore oil well drilling -- Technological innovations
Oil well cementing
Technology and state -- United States
BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010
Offshore oil well drilling -- Political aspects -- United States
ISBN 9781451625349 (hardback)
1451625340 (hardback)
9781451625387 (ebk.)
1451625383 (ebk.)
ISBN/ISSN 40019826332