Robert Redford
If you're looking for something that connects the dots between the BP oil disaster, the harm it's done to the Gulf of Mexico and the people paying the price, this book is it. In a clear and compelling voice, it explains the worst environmental catastrophe of our time, then shows the way forward to protect this national treasure, safeguard our future and break our destructive addiction to oil.
-- Robert Redford

In the last few months we have witnessed one of the worst manmade environmental disasters in history.

On April 20, 2010, when Deepwater Horizon's well blew out, resulting in a massive explosion, eleven lives were lost, millions of barrels of crude oil poured into one of the world's prime fishing grounds, and the resultant slick covered 2,500 square miles.

Why did it happen? What led us to this tragic point? How can we avoid such accidents in the future? In Deep Water benefits from the combined resources of the 400 scientists, activists, and researchers at the Natural Resources Defence Council and provides thorough answers to these questions.

Peter Lehner, Executive Director, NRDC also teaches environmental law at Columbia University Law School. Chief of the Environmental Protection Bureau of the New York State Attorney General's Office for eight years, he created and led New York City's Environmental prosecution unit. He is a frequent contributor on NRDC's Switchboard blog.

Bob Deans, author of the 2007 book The River Where America Began: A Journey Along the James, was the Chief Asia Correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other Cox newspapers, and spent eight years covering the White House. He also contributes on Switchboard.

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In Deep Water
The Anatomy of a Disaster, the Fate of the Gulf, and How to End Our Oil Addiction

By Peter Lehner
with Bob Deans

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All Royalties from sales of this book go to NRDC's Gulf Coast recovery efforts.

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