Carl Safina, A SEA IN FLAMES

Carl Safina

On the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster, author Carl Safina talks about the blowout, why it happened and its impact on the people and wildlife of the Gulf. His book is A SEA IN FLAMES: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout.

When the news broke the first week of April that Transocean executives received a bonus for exemplary safety, you might have thought it was an April Fool joke. But then we heard that deepwater oil drilling has begun again in the Gulf. And BP has just requested a permit to resume drilling there. Meanwhile, the fishing and tourist industries have still not recovered. Dolphins are dying in droves and fish are turning up with diseased fins. The true toll of the Deepwater Horizon disaster won’t be known for many years. And many questions remain about who is at fault, questions that will be hashed out in the courts for years to come.

Dead Dolphins from Gulf

But just in time for the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, marine ecologist and writer Carl Safina  has come out with a book that tells its story in writing that crackles with energy and passion.

He calls it an “emotional topography of the blowout.” But it is driven by more than emotion. Safina meticulously deconstructs what caused the blowout and the technological, biological and emotional responses to it during the time the oil was flowing. Then, he pauses for reflection to ask who and what is to blame, not just for the blowout but the many failures of the response. And finally, he talks about the effects of the blowout on fish in the gulf — and comes up with some surprising answers.

READ an excerpt from A SEA IN FLAMES

Aerial Video Footage and Photography of the Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill


About Francesca Rheannon

Francesca Rheannon is an award-winning independent radio producer. In addition to hosting Writer's Voice, she's a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and its affiliates. Recipient of the prestigious Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for reporting on substance abuse issues for her news series, VOICES OF HIV, produced for 88.5 WFCR public radio in western Massachusetts. She is also finishing a book on Provence (PROVINCE OF THE HEART) and working on a memoir of her father, THE ARGONAUTS.

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