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 could actually occur back. it's greater than a narrative of ruined shorelines, lifeless flora and fauna, company spin, political machinations, and monetary fallout. it's a riveting human drama choked with humans whose lives will ceaselessly be outlined as ""before"" and ""after the gulf oil disaster."" Black Tide is the single publication to inform this tale during the viewpoint of individuals on both sides of the disaster, from those that misplaced their lives, family, and livelihoods to people who made the regulations that set the devastating occasion in movement, those that minimize the corners that placed company earnings over humans and the surroundings, and people who have devoted their lives to making sure that such an occasion is rarely repeated.

Dramatic and compelling, Black Tide exposes the human failings and human expense of the most important oil catastrophe in American historical past and the way it could actually simply ensue again.

""We can't enable the BP catastrophe to be driven from public view the way in which BP used chemical dispersants to conceal the oil. those amazing stories-of loss, heroism and culpability-are a shiny reminder that this disaster might be with us for many years, and that we have 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 tough to visualize a greater individual to show unfastened in this epochal catastrophe than Antonia Juhasz, along with her compassionate center, bright prose, and wealthy services in either oil and financial coverage. From oil-smeared shorelines, to the drilling rig's regulate room, to the large photo of huge Oil and the governments they push round. it is not on the subject of 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 exceptionally important.
-Rebecca Solnit, writer of A Paradise inbuilt Hell: the extreme groups that come up in Disaster

Praise for The Tyranny of Oil

""Reminds us that those that do not study the teachings of background 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. . . . an excellent first step towards precise strength independence is to learn this insightful book."" -The Christian technological know-how Monitor

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Gordon was supposed to be asleep in his quarters. He wasn’t on for another three hours, but his replacement, Leo Linder, seemed as though he could use more sleep, so Gordon offered to stay on. Gordon, age twenty-eight, had a two-year-old son and a pregnant wife, Michelle, eagerly waiting for him at home. He was on the Horizon for just a one-week tour before heading home for seven weeks to be with Michelle for the birth. But he had “already eaten, he’d said goodnight to Michelle, he had the night shift, and Leo looked tired to him, so he said, ‘Look, I’ve got this’ and sent Leo off to bed.

That’s the killer. ” Chaos The two explosions, just seconds apart, rocked the Deepwater Horizon. , followed ten seconds later by the second one. The explosions should not have happened, nor should they have destroyed the rig once they did occur. First, operations in the mud pit should have been automatically halted when the gas entered the area. Second, the engine that sparked the second explosion should have automatically shut down. The second explosion is believed to have occurred when gas entered engine 3, causing it to overspeed, which most likely created a spark that led to an explosion.

It blew me probably twenty feet against a bulkhead, against the wall in that office. And I remember then that the lights went out, power went out. ”43 The next morning, Sheri was expecting her husband to come home. , telling her to turn on the television. She knew right away that her husband was dead. “My heart sunk, and I lost it,” she says, choking on the words. “I knew where he would have been at that time because he was on tour. ’” The Gas Attacks We do not know exactly what happened in the drilling area at the time of the explosion, because everyone who was down there is dead.

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