Blowout in the Gulf
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. In Blowout in the Gulf, energy experts William Freudenburg and Robert Gramling explain both the disaster and the decisions that led up to it.
Blowout in the Gulf weaves a fascinating narrative of failures, missteps, and bad decisions, explaining why this oil spill was a disaster waiting to happen—and how making better energy choices will help prevent others like it.
About the Authors
The late William R. Freudenburg was Dehlsen Professor of Environmental Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara.
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.
—Charles Perrow, author of The Next Catastrophe: Reducing Our Vulnerabilities to Natural, Industrial, and Terrorist Disasters
—Bruce Babbitt, Former governor of Arizona and secretary of the Interior, board of directors, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
— Lee Clarke, author of Worst Cases: Terror and Catastrophe in the Popular Imagination
2012 Allan Schnaiberg Outstanding Publication Award, presented by the American Sociological Association’s Section on Environment and Technology