Mistrust and missed opportunities: BP's drilling disaster, Gulf Tides Part 9 (4:22)
Date of Video: Dec. 20, 2010
Eight months after the BP drilling disaster, Congress has failed to enact a single law to learn the lessons of this crisis. Watch as massive oil mats are discovered in Gulf coastal areas. As the communities deal with the oil, its aftermath, and the uneven federal response, analogies are seen to the 2005 hurricane season. To rebuild trust and allow those most affected by big oil's mistakes an opportunity to ensure a better response after the next oil spill, coastal advocates call for the creation of a Gulf citizen's advisory committee or council, similar to those created in the wake of the Exxon Valdez.
Featuring interviews with Clint Guidry (Louisiana Shrimp Association), Rick Steiner (professor of marine ecology and oil spill expert, Anchorage, AL), Gulf coast community member Jo Billups, and GRN's Aaron Viles. Featuring music from Bonerama and Sassafrass. Narrated by Tim Robbins.
Written and directed by Aaron Viles, Edited by Gino Kalkanoglu (NOLA Image Works) and Jared Serigné. Produced by Jared Serigné.
Created with the generous support of the Vitalogy Foundation and the Wallace Global Fund.
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