Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill by Antonia Juhasz

By Antonia Juhasz

A searing examine the human face of BP's catastrophe within the gulf

It is the biggest oil catastrophe in American background, and it can ensue back. it really is greater than a narrative of ruined seashores, useless natural world, company spin, political machinations, and monetary fallout. it's a riveting human drama choked with humans whose lives will endlessly be outlined as ""before"" and ""after the gulf oil disaster."" Black Tide is the one ebook to inform this tale throughout the viewpoint of individuals on each side of the disaster, from those that misplaced their lives, family, and livelihoods to people who made the guidelines that set the devastating occasion in movement, those that minimize the corners that positioned company gains 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 possibly simply ensue again.

""We can't let the BP catastrophe to be driven from public view the way in which BP used chemical dispersants to conceal the oil. those striking stories-of loss, heroism and culpability-are a brilliant reminder that this disaster might be with us for many years, and that we've 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 free in this epochal catastrophe than Antonia Juhasz, together with her compassionate middle, brilliant prose, and wealthy services in either oil and fiscal coverage. From oil-smeared seashores, to the drilling rig's regulate room, to the massive photograph of huge Oil and the governments they push round. it is not almost about catastrophe: it is a sequence of encounters with actual 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 in-built Hell: the intense groups that come up in Disaster

Praise for The Tyranny of Oil

""Reminds us that those that do not research the teachings of heritage are fated to copy its mistakes."" -USA Today

""[A] well timed, blistering critique . . . white-hot"" -Kirkus starred review

""[A] thorough, readable takedown of huge Oil."" -Publishers Weekly

""Abrave, groundbreaking case learn. . . . an excellent first step towards actual strength independence is to learn this insightful book."" -The Christian technological know-how Monitor

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Whereas government regulations are set at 1,000 feet, BP requested approval for 3,300 feet. The reason for doing so may have been further cost savings. ”41 As Jason, Stephen, and Dewey were removing the mud and replacing it with lighter seawater, there would have been less pressure on the gas holding it in place, allowing more to escape into the pipes and up into the rig. , Randy Ezell, Transocean senior toolpusher, called Jason to ask how things were going. Jason had just completed the second negative test and was displacing the mud with seawater.

Without power, the water pumps would not function, and the crew was without means to fight the spreading fires. As the crew crawled out of collapsed living quarters and ran toward life rafts, chaos prevailed. 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.

Honey, I’m alive, it wasn’t my rig. ’ Click. m. on April 21, the crew of the Deepwater Horizon was finally heading home, but they were still not permitted to call their family members. “Everybody on the boat kept talking about was, man, I wish they’d just let me call my wife,” recalled Christopher Choy.

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