Archive for January, 2011

Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling

January 27th, 2011

Published by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling offers the American public and policymakers alike the fullest account available of what happened on April 20, 2010 when the Macondo well blew out. The explosion cost the lives of 11 men and initiated the catastrophe that sank the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that spilled nearly 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The spill disrupted an entire region’s economy, damaged fisheries and critical habitats, and brought vividly to light the risks of deepwater drilling for oil and gas.

The Commission’s final report explains why the well blew out and proposes actions–changes in company behavior, reform of Government oversight, and investments in research and technology–required as the industry moves forward to meet the nation’s energy needs.

Final Report of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission

January 27th, 2011

On May 20, 2009, President Obama signed into law an Act that established the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to “examine the causes, domestic and global, of the current financial and economic crisis in the United States.” During the course of its investigation, the ten person bipartisan committee reviewed millions of pages of documents, interviewed more than 700 witnesses, and held 19 days of public hearings in New York, Washington, D.C., and communities across the country that were hit hard by the crisis.

The final report presents the Commission’s findings and conclusions and also contains 126 pages of dissenting views. The Commission terminates sixty days following the release of its final report.

Selections from the Homer E. McMaster Lincoln Collection

January 17th, 2011

“Selections from the Homer E. McMaster Lincoln Collection” will be on display in the Department of Special Collections, The College of Wooster Libraries, January 17 – March 11, 2011. This exhibit highlights Lincolniana collected by Homer E. McMaster (Class of 1911). The collection, donated by his widow in 1942, consists of the many books, pamphlets, scrapbooks, and ephemera that served as primary source material for McMaster’s study of Abraham Lincoln. Included in the collection are drawings by Lewis D. Johnson, who often collaborated with McMaster. The exhibit is available for viewing Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Special arrangements can be made to view additional works from our collections. For more information, contact Denise Monbarren (ext. 2527) or Elaine Smith Snyder (ext. 2155).