From the Podium: The Cause of BP’s Macondo Blowout
John A. Turley
Thomas N. Locke
This book (The nonfiction book) focuses specifically on the CAUSE of the catastrophe, one of the most lethal, costly, man-made, environmental disasters in history. I trust you agree that every person in our industry should understand the CAUSE of the disaster—not to heap blame, but to apply lessons learned to future wells so as to better ensure we never allow a repeat of that terrible event… J. A. Turley’a words to Emanuel Martin.
The author—J. A. (John) Turley—is a retired petroleum-engineering professor, drilling manager, and oil-and-gas executive. He wrote mysteries for ten years before BP’s April 2010 Macondo blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, after which he fully committed his research and writing time to the real-world disaster. Looking for answers to an often-repeated question—”What happened to that rig in the Gulf?”—he studied publicly available depositions, well data, and investigative reports; ignored finger-pointing, pontificating attorneys, and hearsay evidence; and assessed the cause of the disaster from engineering, operations, and management perspectives.
Defining the cause of the blowout and applying results to future wells became: (1) the subject of his widely acclaimed book, THE SIMPLE TRUTH: BP’s Macondo Blowout, and (2) the basis for his professional speaking platform, with seventy-five presentations in eleven countries and across the US to operating companies, professional societies, technical conferences, and petroleum engineering universities. He was named a Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Distinguished Lecturer for 2015-2016, through which he made his last 30 presentations to SPE sections on a global basis. The Simple Truth is written as narrative-nonfiction, with surrogate characters representing the 11 men who died as well as those who survived. Turley’s presentations consistently garner audience interest in his research findings and recommendations.
That said, taking away the audience; translating inflected dialog into ink, paper, and pixels; and preserving and further disseminating the message, became the driving force in putting together his follow-on book FROM THE PODIUM: The Cause of BP’s Macondo Blowout. Throughout the nonfiction book (no people, no dialog, just facts), he focuses strictly on the data-driven engineering and operating cause of the disaster, as if from a podium in front of an academic and professional audience. His presentations—and FROM THE PODIUM—share a common goal:
To assess the physical cause of the disaster and apply lessons learned to future wells. To this end, the book is a physical compilation of his slides, text, diagrams, conclusions, and recommendations, as well as key Q&A topics queried by faculty, students, environmentalists, and other technical experts from throughout the oil-and-gas industry. The author’s mantra—nested into his books—has been and remains: Only if we understand and care about the cause of BP’s Macondo blowout will we know why it should not have happened and why it should never happen again.
- File Size: 33889 KB
- Print Length: 126 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Brier Patch, LLC (January 15, 2019)
- Publication Date: January 15, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07MVM38S2
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John Turley Biography
A. (John) Turley is a retired petroleum-engineering professor, drilling manager, and oil-and-gas executive. After BP’s April 2010 Macondo blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, he studied depositions, well data, and investigative reports; ignored attorneys, finger-pointing, and hearsay evidence; and assessed the cause of the disaster from engineering, operations, and management perspectives. He subsequently wrote and published (in 2012) THE SIMPLE TRUTH: BP’s Macondo Blowout (narrative nonfiction), and made 75 technical presentations on the topic around the world.
Turley’s presentations (slides, text, Q&A, footnotes, conclusions, recommendations) form the basis for his second book (nonfiction): FROM THE PODIUM: The Cause of BP’s Macondo Blowout. The author’s mantra has been and remains: Only if we understand and care about the CAUSE of BP’s Macondo blowout will we know why it should not have happened and why it should never happen again.
The year 2019 also welcomed Turley’s debut novel (unrelated to Macondo) called THE HOLE TRUTH. Readers will meet engineering professor Tony Zanatelli, who signs a summer-job contract to manage the drilling of a deep exploration well in the Gulf of Mexico. Confidential geologic data will ultimately reveal a discovery of oil and gas, or that the well is a dry hole. Either way, when the job is done, professor Tony will return to his soulmate wife and academic life. Well . . . maybe. Because the truth, the WHOLE truth, about what resides deep in the hole is targeted by those who will kill to prove neither life nor truth is bulletproof.