Download Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling, On april 20, 2010, the Macondo well blew out, costing the lives of eleven men and starting a catastrophe that sank the Deepwater Horizon drill rig and spilled nearly five million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of mexico. The spill disrupted an entire region's economy, damaged fisheries and critical habitats, and brought vividly to light the risks of deepwater drilling for oil and gas -- the newest frontier within the national energy supply. Soon after, President Barack Obama appointed a seven-member Commission to investigate the disaster, analyze its causes and effects, and advocate the actions necessary to minimize such risks in the future. The Commission's report offers the american public and policymakers alike the fullest account available of what happened in the Gulf and why, and proposes actions -- changes in company behavior, reform of state oversight, and investments in research and technology -- needed as industry moves forward to meet the nation's energy needs.

CONTENTS-

PART I: The Path to Tragedy
Chapter 1
“Everyone involved with the job…was completely satisfied….”
The Deepwater Horizon, the Macondo Well, and Sudden Death on the Gulf of Mexico


Chapter 2
“Each oil well has its own personality”
The History of Offshore Oil and Gas in the United States


Chapter 3
“It was like pulling teeth.”
Oversight—and Oversights—in Regulating
Deepwater Energy Exploration and Production in the Gulf of Mexico




PART II: Explosion and Aftermath:
The Causes and Consequences of the Disaster


Chapter 4
“But, who cares, it’s done, end of story, [we] will probably
be fine and we’ll get a good cement job.”
The Macondo Well and the Blowout


Chapter 5
“You’re in it now, up to your neck!”
Response and Containment


Chapter 6
“The worst environmental disaster America has ever faced.”
Oiling a Rich Environment: Impacts and Assessment


Chapter 7
“People have plan fatigue . . . they’ve been planned to death”
Recovery and Restoration




PART III: Lessons Learned:
Industry, Government, Energy Policy


Chapter 8
“Safety is not proprietary.”
Changing Business as Usual


Chapter 9
“Develop options for guarding against, and mitigating the impact of, oil spills associated
with offshore drilling.” Investing in Safety, Investing in Response, Investing in the Gulf


Chapter 10
American Energy Policy and the Future of Offshore Drilling


Endnotes


Appendices
Appendix A: Commission Members
Appendix B: List of Acronyms
Appendix C: Executive Order
Appendix D: Commission Staff and Consultants
Appendix E: List of Commission Meetings
Appendix F: List of Staff Working Papers


Index