Drilling Down pp 159-184 | Cite as

Why the Gulf Disaster Happened

  • Joseph A. Tainter
  • Tadeusz W. Patzek


Transocean and Halliburton’s crews finished cementing the Macondo well at 12:40 a.m. on April 20, 2010. At 5 p.m. on the same day, or some 16 hours later, the fateful negative pressure test began.


Drill Pipe American Petroleum Institute Production Casing Deepwater Horizon Cement Slurry 
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Further Reading

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    Bulgakov, M.: The Master and Margarita. Grove Press, (1988): Probably the best novel ever written, with a sweeping treatment of good, evil, and punishmentGoogle Scholar
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    Deep Water – The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling, Report to the President, National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. (2011) Accessed 9 August 2011
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    Gardner, C.: National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling – Cement Testing Results, Chevron Energy Technology Company. (2010) Accessed 9 August 2011
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    Patzek, T.W.: Self-similar collapse of stationary bulk foams. AIChE J. 39(10), 1697–1707 (1993). A lot of physics and math pertinent to foam collapseCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Perrow, C.: Normal Accidents: Living with High-Risk Technologies. Princeton University Press, Princeton (1999). Accidents are unavoidable, and no safety precautions will reduce their risk to zero. (2011). Accessed 9 August 2011Google Scholar
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    Zipf, G.K.: Human Behavior and the Principle of Least Effort – An Introduction to Human Ecology. Hafner Publishing Company, New York (1949). A classical discourse of how human communication works. (2011). Accessed 9 August 2011Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph A. Tainter
    • 1
  • Tadeusz W. Patzek
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Environment and SocietyUtah State UniversityLoganUSA
  2. 2.Department of Petroleum and Geosystems EngineeringThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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