Authors’ Blog

Relevant Links

Here are some links to articles we have written or others have written about the topic: A review of the book Harvard University Press blog entry. Our article in The Ecologist on the lessons of Macondo Another article on the lessons of Macondo An entry in the Engineer Live blog, with an interview with us
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Evidence from the WSL Trial

Background In February of 2016 one of the last trials arising from the Deepwater Horizon incident was held in New Orleans. This was a criminal trial, which began in Novevmber 2013 when the Federal Government indicted the two on-duty Well Site Leaders (WSLs) for eleven counts of Seaman’s Manslaughter and eleven counts of Ordinary Manslaughter each, plus violation of the Clean Water Act. The two WSLs were the lowest-ra
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Some Background on Offshore Drilling

Here’s a posting from a gCaptain forum that gives some interesting background on the evolution of offshore drilling in the Gulf and the decline of engineering culture in the industry. The author is a Chief Engineer who has served on many rigs, including the Deepwater Horizon, and is giving his thoughts as prompted by our book. Reprinted with permission.   On page 11 (top) you speak about the dangers of complex s
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Drill Shack, BOP Panel, and Sperry Sun Link

Link to the Sperry Sun Telemetry Plot
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Hollywood and Harvard

Harvard University Press discusses the Mark Wahlberg/Peter Berg movie in the HUP blog.
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Deepwater Horizon Memorial

A striking sculpture to honor to those lost on the Deepwater Horizon has been installed in New Orleans. Story here
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Question About the Chemical Safety Board Report

We were asked why we did not include a summary of the Chemical Safety Board Report in the Afterword to our book. The answer lies in the schedule for the book. The CSB report was issued in early 2016, at which time we were well into the production process and we chose not to disrupt that process to incorporate newly released material, especially since our study of the CSB documents revealed no new evidence which would
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This Blog

This blog is here to answer your questions about the book, the process of writing it, and the systems approach to analysis and design. Please submit your questions by email to boebertandblossom@gmail.com and we will consolidate and answer them from time to time. Make sure you click “Read More” to get active hyperlinks.
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