Deepwater Horizon Study Group

About the Deepwater Horizon Study Group


The Deepwater Horizon Study Group was formed by members of the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management (CCRM) in May 2010  in response to the explosion and fire at British Petroleum’s Deepwater  Horizon well on April 20, 2010. 

CCRM is a group of academic researchers and practitioners from diverse disciplines who attempt to share their knowledge of safety, organizational reliability and the mitigation of adverse human and natural events.   CCRM researchers have laudable expertise in engineering, law, the offshore petroleum industry, accident investigation, protection of sensitive environments, and in organizational management for dangerous environments.  Prompted by inquiries from industries, government agencies, the news media, and concerned individuals around the world regarding the causes and possible remediation of the oil spill at Deepwater Horizon, CCRM members organized the Deepwater Horizon Study Group (DHSG) to consider ways they might help to mitigate the effects of this incident.  DHSG is comprised of faculty members from the University of California and other institutions, accident investigators, petroleum engineers, social scientists, environmental advocates, and directors of research centers.

DHSG members identified critical goals for the better understanding and prevention or mitigation of future accidents.  The first goal of DHSG is to capture facts and observations from workers, managers, witnesses, regulatory agencies, and other sources that may be lost if not gathered and preserved immediately.   An archive for this evidence will be established and accessible to interested researchers and investigators.  DHSG will produce its own in-progress reports and analyses of this incident from these data.  Finally, DHSG will attempt to disseminate the results of its inquiry and analysis to the public, to national and local governments, to industries that must operate in potentially dangerous environments, and to those agencies and persons who strive to monitor our impacts upon sensitive environments to protect and preserve these legacies.

DHSG and its global affiliates meet virtually at the University of California at Berkeley via telepresence.  Members have consulted with concerned legislators in Washington, D.C., Louisiana, and California.  They have provided key testimony for congressional inquiries.   To maximize their efficacy, DHSG has sought grant support to establish and preserve evidence and analyses from this incident.       

Congratulations to Professor Bob Bea

Professor Bob Bea has been recognized by the United States Senate--and especially Senator David Vitter--for his tireless efforts in helping the people of Louisiana during recent diasters. To see a larger version of the award, click on the image.

thumbnail of award to Prof Bob Bea from US Senator David Vitter