Journalism in the Public Interest


Frontline and ProPublica Detail BP’s Corporate Culture in ‘The Spill’

Though BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf has prompted investigations of the disaster itself and who’s to blame, we’ve reported that over the past decade BP’s own internal investigations  warned that the company was risking major accidents by disregarding safety and environmental rules.

That broader narrative, which stretches from BP’s oil fields in Alaska to its refineries in Texas and to its trading rooms in New York and London, is detailed in a new documentary called “The Spill,” produced in partnership by Frontline and ProPublica.

Through interviews with current and former employees and executives, government regulators, and safety experts, the documentary retraces the company’s tracks leading up to the fatal Gulf disaster and asks whether such an accident could have been prevented.

“The Spill” airs on October 26 at 9 pm ET—check your local listings. Catch a glimpse in the promo:

alan m dranfield

Oct. 13, 2010, 2 a.m.

OF COURSE THE DEEPWATER HORIZON   spill could have been avoided if the proper precautions had been in place,i.e the Worst Case Scenario OIL SPILLS(WCS OP).

Could this happen again, bet you bloody life it could.
The next incident might not be in Uncles Sam’s back yard but the Chad/Cameroon Pipeline is a prime candidate as it has been operating illegally for nearly 8 years now in the absence of any oil spill plans ,WCSOP,Capacity Building. It is an environmental and safety timebomb but no-one is listening H-E-L-L-O

Richard W. Spisak Jr.

Oct. 14, 2010, 5:11 a.m.

Thank you Ms. Wang & ProPublica for continuing to cover the BP/Gulf poisoning issues. The evidence of the continued cover up seems increasingly obvious, in dribs and drabs, information can be found.

I’m working with a Florida Environmental Group, to keep the ongoing Health, Safety and Environmental Issues related to the BP Macondo Leak and subsequent Dispersant abuse in the eye of at least the Environmental Community.

The reports in small and electronic media of Scientists muzzled, digging on public beaches restricted and off limits to the press, collection of ant samples, by scientists not financially beholden to BP & Federal interests when combined with the regional and local press accounts of fresh contamination which seem how never reach MSM.

ProPublica keep up the good work.

Richard W. Spisak Jr.

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