By Tom Shroder, John Konrad
A real-life mystery within the culture of The ideal Storm
In the spring of 2010 the realm watched for weeks as greater than two hundred million gallons of crude oil billowed from a gap 3 miles deep within the Gulf of Mexico. Warnings of varied and approaching environmental results ruled the inside track. Deepwater drilling—largely overlooked or misunderstood to that point—exploded within the American recognition within the worst approach possible.
Fire at the Horizon, written by means of veteran oil rig captain John Konrad and longtime Washington Post journalist Tom Shroder, recounts in vibrant element the lifetime of the rig itself, from its development in South Korea within the yr 2000 to its unbelievable trip worldwide to its disastrous finish, and divulges the day by day lives, struggles, and pursuits of these who referred to as it home.
From the little-known maritime faculties to Transocean's education colleges and Houston headquarters to the small cities everywhere in the kingdom the place the other halves and kids of the Horizon's workforce lived within the ever-present shadow of danger countless numbers of miles away, Fire at the Horizon deals full-scale pictures of the Horizon's captain, its leader mate, its leader mechanic, and others.
What emerges is a white-knuckled chronicle of engineering hubris at odds with the earth itself, an strange manifestation of company greed and the unforgettable heroism of the boys and girls on board the Deepwater Horizon. this is the harrowing minute-by-minute account of the fateful day, April 20, 2010, whilst the half-billion-dollar rig blew up, taking with it the lives of 11 humans and forsaking a swath of unheard of normal destruction.