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Unformatted text preview: ....................................... 206 E. Regulatory Agency Recommendations ...................................................... 207 F. OCS Companies’ Practices Recommendations.......................................... 209 iii Dedication .............................................................................................................211 Acknowledgement ...............................................................................................212 iv Executive Summary At approximately 9:50 p.m. on the evening of April 20, 2010, while the crew of the Deepwater Horizon rig was finishing work after drilling the Macondo exploratory well, an undetected influx of hydrocarbons (commonly referred to as a “kick”) escalated to a blowout. Shortly after the blowout, hydrocarbons that had flowed onto the rig floor through a mud‐gas vent line ignited in two separate explosions. Flowing hydrocarbons fueled a fire on the rig that continued to burn until the rig sank on April 22. Eleven men died on the Deepwater Horizon that evening. Over the next 87 days, almost five million barrels of oil were discharged from the Macondo well into th...
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