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On April 20, 2010, the Macondo well blew out, costing the lives of 11 men, and beginning a catastrophe that sank the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and spilled nearly 5 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 latest frontier in the national energy supply. Soon after, President Barack Obama appointed a seven-member Commission to investigate the disaster, analyze its causes and effects, and recommend 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 government oversight, and investments in research and technology—required as industry moves forward to meet the nation’s energy needs.
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Audience: Environmentalists, lawyers, engineers, policy analysts, and others interested in more information on the Gulf Oil Disaster would find this report informative.
Keywords: Gulf Oil Disaster, gul oil disaster, offshore drilling, Macondo, macondo, macondo well, Macondo well
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- National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling
- 2011: 392 p.; ill.
- Also known as the BP Oil Commission Report.
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- Commission on the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, April 20, 2009Oil SpillsGulf of MexicoGulf Oil DisasterMacondo WellBritish Petroleum Deepwater Horizon Oil SpillPetroleum Industry
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