By Antonia Juhasz
It is the biggest oil catastrophe in American historical past, and it can take place back. it really is greater than a narrative of ruined shores, useless flora and fauna, company spin, political machinations, and fiscal fallout. it's a riveting human drama packed with humans whose lives will without end be outlined as ""before"" and ""after the gulf oil disaster."" Black Tide is the one ebook to inform this tale in the course of the point of view of individuals on both sides of the disaster, from those that misplaced their lives, household, and livelihoods to those that made the rules that set the devastating occasion in movement, those that reduce the corners that placed company earnings over humans and the surroundings, and those that have devoted their lives to making sure that such an occasion isn't repeated.
Dramatic and compelling, Black Tide exposes the human failings and human fee of the biggest oil catastrophe in American heritage and the way it will probably simply ensue again.
""We can't permit the BP catastrophe to be driven from public view the way in which BP used chemical dispersants to conceal the oil. those amazing stories-of loss, heroism and culpability-are a brilliant reminder that this disaster may be with us for many years, and that we have got no longer but made the adjustments essential to hinder destruction within the future.""
-Naomi Klein, writer of The surprise Doctrine: the increase of catastrophe Capitalism.
""It's not easy to visualize a greater individual to show unfastened in this epochal catastrophe than Antonia Juhasz, along with her compassionate center, vibrant prose, and wealthy services in either oil and fiscal coverage. From oil-smeared seashores, to the drilling rig's keep watch over room, to the massive photograph of massive Oil and the governments they push round. it is not as regards to catastrophe: it is a sequence of encounters with genuine humans, from oceanographers to oyster-shuckers, striving to make issues correct. Black Tide is riveting, infuriating, and enormously important.
-Rebecca Solnit, writer of A Paradise inbuilt Hell: the intense groups that come up in Disaster
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""[A] well timed, blistering critique . . . white-hot"" -Kirkus starred review
""[A] thorough, readable takedown of massive Oil."" -Publishers Weekly
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44 They should, however, have gotten a lot more warning and assistance in their efforts. The rig was equipped throughout with both visual and auditory alarms that would alert the crew if gas enters the rig in dangerous proportions. It also came equipped with control panels that automatically shut down operations in specific areas if gas is detected. The rooms in the drilling area were airtight, so if gas made it into one room, it would be isolated and not threaten the entire ship. BP’s internal investigation into the Deepwater Horizon explosion reveals that the ship’s computer began to report gas approximately forty minutes prior to the explosion while Dewey, Jason, Stephen, and the rest of the drill team were running the negative test and displacement.
Some, but not all, of the chaos was preventable. The rig was equipped with two main lifeboats, each with a capacity of seventy-five people, and two smaller life rafts, with a capacity of about twenty-five. Although the crew had been required to practice mustering to lifeboats, the drills were so routine that they were nearly useless. m. c01 3/1/11 5:06 PM Page 35 THE EXPLOSION OF THE DEEPWATER HORIZON 35 and noon. People at work were excused from the drills, which did not include lowering the lifeboats into the water.
There was a lot of explosions still going on, smaller explosions, and immense heat. All the flames and heat from the rig floor were coming down the forward part of that deck, as well as all of the flames and the heat from under the rig. ”88 Randy Ezell made it to the bow of the Horizon with the injured Wyman Wheeler on a stretcher just in time. The first thing he noticed c01 3/1/11 5:06 PM Page 37 THE EXPLOSION OF THE DEEPWATER HORIZON 37 was that both of the main lifeboats had already been deployed and were gone.
Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill by Antonia Juhasz