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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 might occur back. it really is greater than a narrative of ruined shorelines, lifeless flora and fauna, company spin, political machinations, and monetary fallout. it's a riveting human drama jam-packed with humans whose lives will eternally be outlined as ""before"" and ""after the gulf oil disaster."" Black Tide is the one ebook to inform this tale in the course of the viewpoint of individuals on both sides of the disaster, from those that misplaced their lives, family, and livelihoods to those that made the rules that set the devastating occasion in movement, those that lower the corners that placed company earnings over humans and the surroundings, and those that have dedicated their lives to making sure that such an occasion is rarely repeated.

Dramatic and compelling, Black Tide exposes the human failings and human price of the biggest oil catastrophe in American historical past and the way it could possibly simply take place again.

""We can't let the BP catastrophe to be driven from public view the best way BP used chemical dispersants to conceal the oil. those outstanding stories-of loss, heroism and culpability-are a bright reminder that this disaster should be with us for many years, and that we've got no longer but made the alterations essential to hinder destruction within the future.""
-Naomi Klein, writer of The surprise Doctrine: the increase of catastrophe Capitalism.

""It's difficult to visualize a greater individual to show unfastened in this epochal catastrophe than Antonia Juhasz, along with her compassionate middle, brilliant prose, and wealthy services in either oil and fiscal coverage. From oil-smeared shorelines, to the drilling rig's keep an eye on room, to the large photo of massive Oil and the governments they push round. it is not near to catastrophe: it is a sequence of encounters with genuine humans, from oceanographers to oyster-shuckers, striving to make issues correct. Black Tide is riveting, infuriating, and awfully important.
-Rebecca Solnit, writer of A Paradise in-built Hell: the extreme groups that come up in Disaster

Praise for The Tyranny of Oil

""Reminds us that those that do not examine 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 massive Oil."" -Publishers Weekly

""Abrave, groundbreaking case research. . . . a very good first step towards actual strength independence is to learn this insightful book."" -The Christian technology Monitor

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They should have seen lights flashing. They should also have seen control panels automatically shutting down operations in their areas. They neither heard nor saw any such thing. Nor did anyone else on the rig. The automatic gas alarms were intentionally inhibited, set to record information on the computers but not to trigger alarms automatically. Transocean chief electrician Mike Williams testified that more than a year earlier, he had asked why the Deepwater Horizon alarms were inhibited. ” When he tried to fix the alarms, Transocean subsea supervisor Mark Hay told him, “The damn thing’s been in bypass for five years.

When Schlumberger arrived, “gas was showing, and the well was trying to come in. I know it sounds like the well has a personality, but what it means technically is that whatever was in there to prevent it from coming up was not doing its job. . The well was trying to come in. ’ That’s when [Schlumberger] asked for the helicopter. He was told that the helicopter wasn’t available. That’s when he called his supervisor on the beach, and I don’t know what transpired, but I do know that Schlumberger sent a helicopter.

We were trying to get people to count ‘1, 2, 3’ . . ”84 Greg Meche, a compliance specialist with M-I SWACO, is one of those who jumped. He had an understandable difficulty trying to explain the decision to an investigatory committee. He cited the chaos and slow speed of the mustering. 85 Roustabout Chris Choy made it into a lifeboat, but “there he found chaos. ” The lifeboat, an enclosed fiberglass c01 3/1/11 5:06 PM Page 36 36 BLACK TIDE capsule, “was supposed to save them but now it was looking like a hot and smoky tomb.

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