Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling; Report to the President

National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. 2011. 380p. illus. maps. SuDoc # PR44.8:D36/G95. GPO Stock # 040-000-00784-9. pap. $39.


This report examines the events leading to the April 2010 explosion aboard the oil rig Deepwater Horizon that killed 11 men and produced the largest oil spill in recorded history. It includes the statements of survivors and a history of offshore drilling in the United States. Among its conclusions, the commission blames the companies involved and the federal government, particularly the Minerals Management Service, which failed to enforce regulations and colluded with the firms it was supposed to oversee.




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