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The Resource Death and oil : the true story of the Piper Alpha disaster on the North Sea, Brad Matsen

Death and oil : the true story of the Piper Alpha disaster on the North Sea, Brad Matsen

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Death and oil : the true story of the Piper Alpha disaster on the North Sea
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Death and oil
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the true story of the Piper Alpha disaster on the North Sea
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Brad Matsen
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  • With the same meticulous research employed in books on sea explorer Jacques Cousteau and the mysteries of the oceans, Matsen (Jacques Cousteau: The Sea King) takes on the devastating 1988 Piper Alpha oil rig tragedy. His two-year investigation casts a wide net, pulling in accounts from company bosses, rig foremen and workers, first responders, medical staff, and government officials in putting together a comprehensive view of the fatal fire and explosion abroad the rig, which killed 162 men in the North Sea. Matsen notes the Piper Alpha complex was not only a drilling and production platform but a junction station for moving gas to other platforms. When he details the unfortunate history of fires, explosions, even collapses, of rigs, the Piper Alpha disaster is put into context, making rig work one of the most hazardous jobs on the planet. In the end, Matsen’s remarkable book is a stunning tribute to the survivors and their families, who banded valiantly together against the corporate giant, Occidental Petroleum, which absolved itself of all blame in the costly event. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed August 22, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 34, p)
  • A detailed, up-close account of a 1988 oil-rig explosion in the North Sea off the coast pf Scotland coast that killed more than 150 men. Matsen (Jacques Cousteau: The Sea King, 2009, etc.) began researching the Piper Alpha oil rig, operated by Occidental Petroleum Corporation, during 2008, two years before the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Naturally, last year's tragedy makes the author's research especially relevant. Matsen's thorough reporting is fueled by outrage, as he makes the case that our addiction to oil as an energy source almost guarantees further fatalities because exploration, capture, refining and transportation are inherently dangerous. The narrative opens with the depression of Piper Alpha survivor Bill Barron, who reappears throughout the text. Dozens of other crew members appear as well, creating a challenge for Matsen to keep the narrative under control. At appropriate junctures, the author breaks away from the occurrences on the massive oil rig to explore what North Sea drilling did to life in Scotland, with the heaviest impact on the coastal city of Aberdeen. After chronicling the horrific multistage explosions that consumed so many lives, the author on those manning nearby seaworthy vessels who tried to rescue the Piper Alpha crew. The aftermath of the disaster, including capping the drilling apparatus and extinguishing the fires, receives minute attention as well. The investigation by UK authorities did little to satisfy public outcry, and certainly did little to enhance oil-rig safety around the globe. There are plenty of villains in the narrative, though Matsen concentrates on Armand Hammer, who came to the oil industry during advanced middle age, aggressively built Occidental Petroleum from a tiny California-based company to a worldwide behemoth during the 1960s and '70s and staked so much capital on the North Sea drilling that safety concerns did not receive adequate attention. A searing indictment of human greed mixed with memorable sagas of death and survival.  (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2011)
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contains biographical information
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10024501
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Matsen, Bradford
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363.11/9622338190916336
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illustrations
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index present
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TN871.215
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.M36 2011
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non fiction
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  • Offshore oil well drilling
  • Oil well drilling rigs
  • Oil wells
  • Explosions
  • Disasters
  • Disaster victims
  • Survival
  • North Sea
  • Aberdeen (Scotland)
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a true story of the Piper Alpha disaster on the North Sea
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Death and oil : the true story of the Piper Alpha disaster on the North Sea, Brad Matsen
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Includes bibliographical references (page [193]) and index
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rdacarrier
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Contents
Autumn 1988 -- Caddyshack -- Pumping money -- The divers -- Silver pit -- Oxy and the doctor -- Piper Alpha -- The granite city -- Piper Alpha -- The divers -- Aberdeen -- The canteen -- Tharos -- Escape -- Hell -- Night -- Tharos -- The morning news -- Hellfighter -- Sadness -- Rage
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837797
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25 cm
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x, 203 pages
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9780307378811
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2011011902
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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(Sirsi) i9780307378811
Label
Death and oil : the true story of the Piper Alpha disaster on the North Sea, Brad Matsen
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page [193]) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Autumn 1988 -- Caddyshack -- Pumping money -- The divers -- Silver pit -- Oxy and the doctor -- Piper Alpha -- The granite city -- Piper Alpha -- The divers -- Aberdeen -- The canteen -- Tharos -- Escape -- Hell -- Night -- Tharos -- The morning news -- Hellfighter -- Sadness -- Rage
Control code
837797
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 203 pages
Isbn
9780307378811
Lccn
2011011902
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780307378811

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