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Robert Gramling

Robert Gramling is Professor of Sociology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Freudenburg and Gramling are also the authors of Oil in Troubled Waters: Perceptions, Politics, and the Battle over Offshore Drilling.

Titles by This Author

The BP Oil Spill Disaster and the Future of Energy in America

On April 20, 2010, the gigantic drilling rig Deepwater Horizon blew up in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven crew members and causing a massive eruption of oil from BP’s Macondo well. For months, oil gushed into the Gulf, spreading death and destruction. Americans watched real-time video of the huge column of oil and gas spewing from the obviously failed “blowout preventer.” What was missing, though, was the larger story of this disaster.