By National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling

On April 20, 2010, the Macondo good blew out, costing the lives of eleven males, and starting a disaster that sank the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and spilled approximately five million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The spill disrupted a complete area s economic system, broken fisheries and important habitats, and taken vividly to gentle the hazards of deepwater drilling for oil and gasoline the newest frontier within the nationwide power offer. quickly after, President Barack Obama appointed a seven-member fee to enquire the catastrophe, research its motives and results, and suggest the activities essential to reduce such hazards sooner or later. The fee s record bargains the yankee public and policymakers alike the fullest account on hand of what occurred within the Gulf and why, and proposes activities adjustments in corporation habit, reform of executive oversight, and investments in learn and know-how required as strikes ahead to fulfill the state s strength wishes.

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In 1960 and 1962, sensing pent-up demand after the hiatus in federal leasing during the late 1950s, the Bureau of Land Management auctioned large swaths of Gulf acreage. The response was overwhelming: in the historic March 1962 sale, 411 tracts, totaling nearly two million acres, were leased—more than in all previous sales combined. The sale opened up new areas off western Louisiana and Texas and extended the average depth of leases to 125 feet. 14 Drilling on that vast inventory of leases set off one of the greatest industrial booms the Gulf Coast had ever seen.

139 Winslow had returned to the lifeboats. ” Then he looked up at the sky-high flames engulfing the derrick: “Right about that time is when the traveling equipment, the drilling blocks and whatnot on the derrick fell. They were probably 40 to 50 foot in the air, you know, weigh 150,000 pounds, and they didn’t make any noise [when they fell]. So at that time, I instructed the boat to my right, which would have been the port survival boat, to depart. 144 * * * * The rig life vessels were not the only small craft fleeing the firestorm.

156 They touched the water, which was ablaze. ” Bertone jumped out and grabbed the rope and began swimming, pulling the life raft away from the rig. Murray and Minehart jumped into the water to help pull the raft along. ” At that moment boots appeared out of the smoke: it was Captain Kuchta, jumping into the water. Unable to get into the raft in the confusion, he leaped over 100 feet. He splashed into the Gulf five feet from Bertone. 157 By now, Bertone and his men had managed to pull the life raft far enough away from the rig that they could see the circular helipad silhouetted against the flames.

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