Shelf Life

In Too Deep

Christina Huh Jan 11, 2011

Title: In Too Deep: BP and the Drilling Race That Took it Down

Authors: Stanley Reed and Alison Fitzgerald

Publisher: Bloomberg Press

Type: Non Fiction

Released: January 11, 2011

Length: 248 pages

The oil company BP was celebrating a string of successes in the Gulf of Mexico. They had by far outdone their competitors in finding the most oil in the deepest waters. But then in April 2010, there was an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig and BP’s Macondo well blew out. Eleven men were killed and millions of gallons of oil were dumped into the Gulf. The new book In Too Deep examines the risk-taking culture at BP that led to this fateful night. The oil business is indeed a risky one, but as authors Alison Fitzgerald and Stanley Reed point out, the incident with the Macondo well was not a failure of engineering but the fault of little missteps along the way – missteps that could have been avoided if it weren’t for a culture that placed discovery and profits at the top of its priorities.

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