Final Report (Released 01/11/2011)
Full Final Report (16.76 MB)
Introduction (Front Matter) (1.5 MB)
"Everyone involved with the job...was completely satisfied..."
The Deepwater Horizon, the Macondo Well, and Sudden Death on the Gulf of Mexico
"Each oil well has its own personality"
This History of Offshore Oil and Gas in the United States
"It was like pulling teeth."
Oversight--and Oversights--in Regulating Deepwater Energy Exploration and Production in the Gulf of Mexico
The Cause and Consequences of Disaster
"But, who cares, it's done, end of story, [we] will probably be fine and we'll get a good cement job."
The Macondo Well and the Blowout
"You're in it now, up to your neck!"
Response and Containment
"The worst environmental disaster America has ever faced"
Oiling a Rich Environment: Impacts and Assessment
"People have plan fatigue . . . they've been planned to death"
Recovery and Restoration
Industry, Government, and Energy Policy
"Safety is not proprietary"
Changing Business as Usual
"Develop options for guarding against, and mitigating the impact of, oil spills associated with offshore drilling."
Investing in Safety, Investing in Response, Investing in the Gulf
American Energy Policy and the Future of Offshore Drilling