The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the largest marine oil spill in history. The blowout destroyed the oil rig, seriously injured 115 crew members and killed 11 people. As a result, 4.9 million barrels of oil was released into the Gulf of Mexico, and although the rig was situated near the core of the oil and gas service industry along the Gulf coast, it took BP three months to cap the well.

Last month saw the Hollywood Blockbuster, Deepwater Horizon, hit cinema screens and this month Brookings Institution Press releases an in-depth look at the story behind the disaster; the story that neither BP nor the federal government wants heard.

BP Blowout

BP Blowout: Inside the Gulf Oil Disaster is the first comprehensive account of the legal, economic and environmental consequences of the April 2010 blowout at a BP well in the Gulf of Mexico. A former Justice Department lawyer responsible for enforcing environmental laws, author Daniel Jacobs reveals how BP and the government fell short, both in terms of preventing and coping with the accident.

BP has paid tens of billions of dollars to settle claims and law suits arising from the accident: the company also has pled guilty to manslaughter in a separate criminal case. Yet, no one responsible for the accident itself is headed to prison. On the other hand, hundreds of people have been prosecuted for filing false claims against BP, some 75 of whom have been sentenced to prison.

This important book for readers interested in the environment, sustainability, public policy, leadership and the consequences of poor risk management can be pre-ordered here. Read more about the disaster and its consequences here.