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$14.95 US • Paperback Original ISBN 9781603583169 5 3⁄8 x 8 3⁄8 • 224 pages Release Date: October 15, 2010 Pub Date: November 1, 2010 http://chelseagreen.com
High Stakes, High Risks, and the Story Behind the Deepwater Well Blowout
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at really on the Deepwater and “ A clear-eyed looktoxicwhatone-twohappenedall the morepossible,Horizon, on thea ” dissection of the regulatory system that made it Disaster Horizon packs a powerful punch – devastating because it’s delivered by an industry insider. —Arianna Huffington, Cofounder and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post
What Really Happened Out in the Gulf?
The Deepwater Horizon blowout dominated the world’s attention for months, yet Americans still lack an understanding of the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history. Disaster on the Horizon is the first comprehensive book on the causes of the disaster by expert Bob Cavnar. He delivers a hard-hitting portrait of industry and government woefully unprepared to respond. From inside the oil business - field hand to CEO - Cavnar witnessed the carelessness of the industry first hand when he was burned by a gas well fire in 1981. Disaster on the Horizon reveals explosive details: • Collusion between BP and the government to hide the severity of the spill. • The blowout preventer technology details – why it failed. • The behind-the-scenes story of the Obama administration’s $20 billion deal with BP. • How BP blamed others for their mistakes. • BP’s corner cutting on safety. • The risky top kill procedure. • Obama’s failure to take advice from industry experts. Disaster on the Horizon provides a roadmap for ensuring this never happens again. Cavnar calls out his own industry for ignoring safety improvements and lobbying to end the moratorium on off-shore drilling as quickly as possible. Cavnar’s takeaways: • Technology must be vastly improved before deepwater drilling resumes. The industry had a chance to get started on this during the moratorium, but delayed and lobbied instead. • Tougher regulations on deepwater drilling should be enacted--in technology, disaster preparedness, and response operations. • A comprehensive energy policy that creates a favorable environment for full-scale alternative energy development and conservation. Digital Press Kit: http://media.chelseagreen.com/Disaster-on-the-Horizon
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Cavnar captures all the drama of the disaster with an oilman's expertise. This book not only explains what happened on the well on April 20th, but all the decisions made in the past that led up to that fateful night. In the process, Cavnar hasn't just delivered a riveting story, but a political call to arms. —Mimi Swartz, Executive Editor of Texas Monthly and co-author of Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron Bob Cavnar, with thirty years of oil patch experience, has written the definitive story of the blowout in the Gulf. It is a gripping and deadly tale—one that takes the reader to the rig site, where he makes you feel the blast and heat from the explosion, and gives you an unrivaled look at what actually went on in the blowout and in the months that followed it, the lives tragically lost, and the lessons to be learned. A must read for everyone concerned about the oil industry, the effectiveness of government regulation, and America's energy future. —Mark White, former Governor of Texas Because of Bob Cavnar's extensive experince in the oil and gas drilling business—which includes being the victim of a drilling-related explosion himself—his book brings alive the BP disaster in ways no other account has done. Cavnar lets the reader understand how the disaster really happened, and who bears responsibility. Not surprisingly, he also shows what happened during the Bush administration to make this tragedy more likely. —Howard Dean, former DNC Chair and Vermont governor; author of Howard Dean's Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform
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Brilliant. A must read to understand what happened—and why. —Bruce Babbitt, former U.S. secretary of the Interior and governor of Arizona; author of Cities in the Wilderness
Bob Cavnar is a 30-year veteran of the oil and gas industry with deep experience in operations, start-ups, turn-arounds, and management of both public and private companies. He is currently chief executive officer of Luca Technologies, which harnesses natural processes to sustainably produce natural gas. He was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of Milagro Exploration, a large, privately held oil and gas exploration firm. Cavnar holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University and completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School. He lives in Houston, Texas and blogs at DailyHurricane.com
Pub Date November 1, 2010 • ISBN: 9781603583169 • $14.95US • 5 3⁄8 x 8 3⁄8 Paperback Original