"On April 20th, 2010, the BP (British Petroleum) Deep Water Horizon floating oil rig drilling in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, killing eleven crewmen and injuring seventeen others. The rig burned for three days and then sank in a mile of water fifty miles off the coast of Grand-Isle, Louisiana. Over the coming months, the well gushed an estimated 4.9 million barrels of crude oil into Gulf waters, spanning thousands of square miles, threatening hundreds of miles of coastal wetlands and an abundance of wildlife. It was the largest accidental marine oil spill in history.
While BP struggled to cap the spewing well, they began using unprecedented amounts of the controversial chemical dispersant Corexit, both on the surface and, for the first time, sub-sea injection at the broken well-head 5,000 feet below. Since there are no long-term environmental impact studies for the use of Corexit in these amounts or in this manner, the EPA and the Coast Guard responded to public pressure and issued a directive, to eliminate the use of surface dispersants, except in rare cases, however BP found ways to circumvent this directive.
By May, the fishing industry was brought to a stand still and in early June oil began hitting the beaches, severely impacting the multi-billion dollar tourist based economy all along Gulf shores. The local state and federal governments now found themselves struggling to safeguard public health and the economy. Of the two, the economy was given priority.
Award Winning Filmmaker James Fox ("Out of the Blue" and "I know What I Saw") covered this story for five years to expose the truth about this tragedy. Narrated by Peter Coyote."