Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling: Report to the President [open pdf - 17MB]
Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling: Report to the President was released by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. President Obama charged the Commission "to determine the causes of the disaster, and to improve the country's ability to respond to spills, and to recommend reforms to make offshore energy production safer."The Commission's report presents the American public and policymakers with the fullest account available of what happened in the Gulf and why, and proposes actions: changes in company behavior, reform of Government oversight, and investments in research and technology will be required as the industry moves forward to meet the nation's energy needs. "The report is divided into three sections: Chapters 1 through 3 describe the events of April 20th on the Deepwater Horizon, and, more important, the events leading up to it in the preceding decades--especially how the dramatic expansion of deepwater drilling in the Gulf was not met by regulatory oversight capable of ensuring the safety of those drilling operations. Chapters 4 through 7 lay out the results of our investigation in detail, highlighting the crucial issues we believe must inform policy going forward: the specific engineering and operating choices made in drilling the Macondo well, the attempts to contain and respond to the oil spill, and the impacts of the spill on the region's natural resources, economy, and people--in the context of the progressive degradation of the Mississippi Delta environment. Chapters 8 through 10 present our recommendations for reforms in business practices, regulatory oversight, and broader policy concerns."
National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling: http://www.oilspillcommission.gov/