Blowout Prevention

Analysis of the Deepwater Horizon
Explosion, Fire, and Oil Spill

Blowout Prevention
National Academy of Sciences| National Academy of Engineering| Institute of Medicine| National Research Council

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At the request of the Department of the Interior (DOI), a National Academy of Engineering/National Research Council (NAE/NRC) committee is examining the probable causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, fire, and oil spill in order to identify measures for preventing similar harm in the future. The study is organized under the auspices of the NAE and the NRC’s Transportation Research Board (through its Marine Board) and the Division on Earth and Life Studies, with assistance from the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences.

This study will address the performance of technologies and practices involved in the probable causes of the Macondo well blowout and explosion on the Deepwater Horizon. It will also identify and recommend available technology, industry best practices, best available standards, and other measures in use around the world in deepwater exploratory drilling and well completion to avoid future occurrence of such events. The full scope and schedule for this project are available on our Current Projects Web site.

This study does not address any issues associated with the subsequent fire and release of oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico, such as the rescue and fire response, plans for the spill response, spill response and clean up, or the related consequences of the oil spill on the environment or human health.

This website provides information about this study and links to information about committee meetings and the composition of the committee. After meetings are held, information presented to the committee will be posted. Links to the interim letter report and final report will be provided (see Study Scope and Schedule). Opportunity is also provided for public comment on the topics of the study.

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