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Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster Hardcover – March 1, 2011
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Fire on the Horizon is a fascinating look at a little-understood industry and a fast-paced and emotional story of the efforts to save the Deepwater Horizon. The authors’ account of the workers’ race to save themselves is thrilling and suspenseful, and yet the book is also a sensitive account of the lives forever changed. Miami Herald
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Konrad, a veteran oil rig captain, teams up with Shroder (Old Souls) to offer a thorough but plodding look at the "little-understood culture of offshore drilling." Starting in Korea with the construction of the Deepwater Horizon in 2000, the authors leapfrog through time and around the globe to explain the history and mechanics of oil rig life and offshore drilling. Profiles of the (mostly) men who work the rigs shed light on the class tensions aboard as well as on the personalities, educations, and customs of this special set of modern-day mariners. Konrad had close friends on the Horizon and the final chapters are an affecting blend of their firsthand accounts of the explosion. The authors suggest that oil rig blowouts are inevitable: while Transocean Ltd., owner of the Horizon and the world's biggest offshore drilling company, does what it can to prevent common safety hazards, the high cost of delays in the offshore oil business (use of the Horizon was costing BP a minute) encourages management to postpone the maintenance of essential equipment. While informative and undeniably important, the book is so bogged down by clunky prose and jargon that it's difficult to mine its message. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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P.S. While the movie was a good film it most certainly was not a documentary. If you've relied on that source to be informed about the incident, know that about the only resemblance to reality between the incident and the movie is that the well blew out and burned the Deepwater Horizon to a sunken cinder.
The book gives a good overview of the world of off-shore drilling as well as the details necessary to understand the incident. For me it was like finally getting the story from a trusted source after months of gossip and rumors for uninformed sources.
I was especially interested in the flooding incident the Deepwater Horizon suffered in 2008 which illustrated how dependent rig operators are upon complex instrumentation and how little interest regulators had in a very serious near-miss. Konrad details BP's obsessive focus on worker safety while seemingly missing the big picture of a crew nearing it's breaking point attempting to deal with the difficulties of drilling the Macondo well.
Fire on the Horizon is a page-turner. I recommend it to anyone seeking to understand events leading to the incident which resulted in massive ecological damage to the Gulf of Mexico and changed forever the lives of the crew of the Deepwater Horizon and the lives of the families connected to them.
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would recommend if you want a perspective from the operation people.
Tells the real story of how a company would not keep their facility working correctly and then tyying to hid it