Drilling Down

Drilling Down

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For more than a century, oil has been the engine of growth for a society that delivers an unprecedented standard of living to many. We now take for granted that economic growth is good, necessary, and even inevitable, but also feel a sense of unease about the simultaneous growth of complexity in the processes and institutions that generate and manage that growth. As societies grow more complex through the bounty of cheap energy, they also confront problems that seem to increase in number and severity. In this era of fossil fuels, cheap energy and increasing complexity have been in a mutually-reinforcing spiral. The more energy we have and the more problems our societies confront, the more we grow complex and require still more energy. How did our demand for energy, our technological prowess, the resulting need for complex problem solving, and the end of easy oil conspire to make the Deepwater Horizon oil spill increasingly likely, if not inevitable? This book explains the real causal factors leading up to the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history, a disaster from which it will take decades to recover.... the rig was connected to the well through a 18-3/4 inch-wide umbilical cord, which the industry refers1 to as the a€œriser pipea€ or a€œdrilling riser.a€ The automatic positioning systems on the rig made sure that the riser was neither bent nor flexed too much ... of smaller 6-5/8, 5-1/2, and 3-1/2 inch 1 Many of the industry- specific terms are explained in the Glossary at the end of this book. 135 J.A. Tainter and T.W. Patzek, Drilling Down: The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma, DOIanbsp;...

Title:Drilling Down
Author: Joseph A. Tainter, T.W. Patzek
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2011-09-18

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