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Big Oil: In the Wake of Exxon Valdez

Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
For environmentalists, Good Friday, March 24 1989, was far from being a good day. Just after midnight, the supertanker Exxon Valdez slammed onto the rocks of Bligh Reef and discharged 11 million gallons of Alaskan oil into the sea.The incident stunned the public and shook the oil industry to its core. This film was made two years later and looks beyond the obvious repercussions of pollution, tanker safety and the apportioning of blame to put the spill into perspective. It assesses the wildlife casualties and the work of the rescuers in the cleanup operation as well as the effect upon a depressing catalogue of oiled sea otters, salmon and eagles suffering the devastation of their habitat. Despite the damage, nature seems to be making an astonishing recovery. Most importantly, the programme looks at the role that oil plays in our lives and its impact on the planet as we burn more and more of it. Here the perspective changes from the local short-term to the global long-term. Oil is a natural product formed over millions of years, and one which we humans have almost exhausted in a comparative millisecond of geological and evolutionary time. Our use of it also contributes hugely to global warming. As more oil continues to be dumped from cars worldwide than is lost in a tanker accident, the film reveals the connections between Big Spill and Big Oil, the most powerful industry in the world.
Release Date
2011
Language
In English
Notes
  • Title from title frames.
  • In Process Record.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by BBCActive in 2011.
Publisher no.
1098725 Kanopy
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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