Wow,I had no idea! I agonized over the big Gulf spill in 2010,watching every day as thousands of gallons of sticky,thick and killing oil billowed out for weeks, but this was NOT an isolated incident.This book outlines in an organized,detailed, easy to understand timeline , a serious systemic failure to follow the rules and best practices for the safe and profitable exploration and production of oil. BP is the major offender but the EPA,OSHA,and Justice Dept. are complicit in the disasters and deaths outlined in the read. Most of the time I read with my jaw dropped. It completely destroyed my illusions of regulation enforcement and oversight. Even the title means something different than I expected. I think I was most disappointed about the abuse of the whistle blowers, who warned the government and BP of the dangers and were thoroughly destroyed. I thought we had "Whistle Blower" protection laws...not in the oil business! This is a must read and will not disappoint. I had my computer handy so I could research the incidents on line and learn more. Fascinating is not a strong enough word nor is anger or outrage but "Run To Failure" is a fair and well researched expose'. I enjoyed every word!
I'm not in the oil business, know nothing about engineering, and couldn't tell the difference between a hydrocarbon and a pentane. But I couldn't put this book down. We all watched in horror as the Deepwater Horizon disaster spewed oil into the gulf for months while BP's CEO Tony Hayward whined about how disruptive this epic disaster was to his life. This callous attitude epitomized the BP corporate culture that systematically put profit and cost-cutting ahead of safety and for decades led to one disaster after another. This is a true crime story with massive implications for everyone. Thoroughly researched and extremely readable, this is nonfiction at its best.
I really enjoyed Lustgarten's discussion of the BP disaster, especially the way he highlights the organizational culture that greatly enhanced the likelihood of such a disaster (for example, the tragic explosion at BP's Texas City refinery or the oil spill in Alaska, or the many environmental and worker safety violations given to BP in the years before the Mancodo well explosion and the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon). I was interested in the book's title, which has a special meaning that captures the essence of this dysfunctional organizational culture. Lustgarten wrote a BP series for Propublica, and many earlier bits of this story can be found at the website. However,he puts everything together in this well-written and compelling book. Everyone who wonders what happened and why will find this book useful.
I find it reprehensible the way British Petroleum treated the people that worked for them,such disregard for the safety of workers and also the enviroment. The author did a very good job detailing the cultural problems vwithin the company through the years,that allowed these disasters to happen. A fine job was done to describe the technical side of the oil business.
Didn't know BP was so disastrous....but after the Deep Water Horizon explosion, I now know how they were so negligent on safety issues. I worked in the oil patch and understand the way things work, and I am certain it was not the fault of the workers on the platform, but it was the fault of management attitude and their concern of the mighty dollar. Shame on you BP.
If this story doesn't make the most ardent conservative rethink the environmental issues of this world, they have no brain and shouldn't be allowed to vote. This book exposes just one company and the weaknesses of our government in a dramatic and shamefull way.
This one of the most frightening books I have ever read. It gives a clear narrative of BP',s pipeline problems in Alaska, the refinery in Texas City, and the blowout in the gulf. And the author says nothing has changed.