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Macondo: The Gulf Oil Disaster. Chief Counsel\'s Report 2011

Agency Publisher: National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling
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When President Obama created the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling he instructed the Commission to examine the relevant facts and circumstances concerning the root causes of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. This Chief Counsel‘s Report is the result of an extraordinary effort to carry out that mission. It is essential reading for anyone looking to extract the lessons of Macondo and avoid a repeat of that terrible tragedy. Notwithstanding demanding time constraints, the Commission‘s Chief Counsel, Fred Bartlit, and his investigative team have provided the most comprehensive, coherent, and detailed account of the events leading up to the blowout and explosion. The wealth of material presented here offers new details and documentation in support of the Commission‘s final report, Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling, Report to the President (available here: http://vmlxbookstore01.gpo.gov/products/deep-water-gulf-oil-disaster-and...), released on January 11, 2011. What the investigation makes clear, above all else, is that management failures, not mechanical failings, were the ultimate source of the disaster. In clear, precise, and unflinching detail, this Report lays out the confusion, lack of communication, disorganization, and inattention to crucial safety issues and test results that led to the deaths of 11 men and the largest offshore oil spill in our nation‘s history.

While an an important companion publication to the Final Report of the Commission, this report nevertheless stands on its own as well – a durable contribution to our understanding of the importance of responsible management systems and state-of-the art practices, and the dire consequences when they fail.

Table of Contents:
Foreword
Executive Summary of findings
            Technical Findings
            Management Findings
            Regulatory Findings
Chapter 1/Scope of Investigation and Methodology
            Nature of Report
            Scope of Investigation and Report
            Structure of the Report
Chapter 2/Drilling for Oil in Deepwater
            Oil and Gas in Deepwater
            How to Drill a Deepwater Well
Chapter 3/ Background on the Macondo Well, the Deepwater Horizon, and the Companies Involved
            The Macondo Well
            The Deepwater Horizon
            Companies and Individuals Involved in the Macondo Blowout
Chapter 4/Technical Findings
            Underlying Technical Causes
            Underlying Management Causes
Chapter 4.1/Flow Path
            Potential Flow Paths
Forensic Evidence Suggests That Hydrocarbons Did Not Flow up the Annulus and Through the Seal Assembly
Hydrocarbons Appear to Have Flowed Into and up the Production Casing
Technical Findings
Chapter 4.2/Well Design
            Deepwater Well Design
            The Macondo Well Design
            Drilling the Macondo Well
            Technical Findings
            Management Findings
Chapter 4.3/Cement
            Well Cementing
            Preparing for the Macondo Cement Job
            Designing the Macondo Cement Job
            Planning for and Installing Centralizers at Macondo
            Float Collar Installation and Conversion at Macondo
            Pre-Cementing Wellbore Conditioning at Macondo
            Cementing Process at Macondo
            The Float Check at Macondo
            Cement Evaluation at Macondo
            Technical Findings
            Management Findings
Chapter 4.4/Foamed Cement Stability
            Foamed Cement
            Foamed Cement at Macondo
            Technical Findings
            Management Findings
Chapter 4.5/Temporary Abandonment
            Temporary Abandonment
            Temporary Abandonment at Macondo
            Technical Findings
            Management findings
Chapter 4.6/Negative Pressure Test
            Well Integrity Test
            Negative Pressure Test at Macondo
            Technical Findings
            Management Findings
Chapter 4.7/Kick Detection
            Well Monitoring and Kick Detention
            Well Monitoring at Macondo
            Technical Findings
            Management Findings
Chapter 4.8/Kick Response
            Well control Equipment
            Kick Response at Macondo
            Technical Findings
            Management Findings
Chapter 4.9/The Blowout Preventer
            Blind Shear Rams
            Blind Shear Ram Activation at Macondo
            ROV Hot Stab Activation at Macondo
            Automatic Blind Shear Ram Activation at Macondo
Potential Reasons the Blind Shear Ram Failed to Seal
BOP Recertification
Technical Findings
Management Findings
Chapter 4.10/Maintenance
            Transocean’s Rig Management System
            Competing Interests Between Drilling and Maintenance
            Lack of Onshore Maintenance
            Maintenance Audits and Inspections
            Maintenance Findings
Chapter 5/Overarching Failures and Management
            Leadership
            Communication
            Procedures
            Employees
            Contractors
            Technology
            Risk
            Closing
Chapter 6/Regulatory Observations
            MMS Background
            MMS Regulations Did Not Address Many Key Risk Factors for the Blowout
            BOP Recertification
            Ethical Considerations
Endnotes
Appendix A/Blowout Investigation Team
Appendix B/Commission Staff
Appendix C/Acronyms
Appendix D/Chevron Laboratory Report Cover Letter
Appendix E/Nile and Kaskida
            Schedule when Deepwater Horizon Arrived at Macondo
            Request to Suspend Operations at Kaskida

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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: risks of deepwater drilling, Drilling the Macondo Well, Gulf Oil Disaster, gulf oil disaster, offshore drilling, Macondo, macondo, macondo well, Macondo well, Gulf Oil Disaster Chief Counsel's Report 2011

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GPO Stock Number:
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9780160879630
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National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling
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2011: 387 p.; ill.
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Commission on the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, April 20, 2009
Oil Spills
British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
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Macondo Well
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