Dr. John Lopez explains how few improvements in the technology used for oil spill clean ups have been made: the same tactics used in the Exxon-Valdez oil spill in 1989 are being used in Louisiana to clean up the BP Oil Spill. The Oil Pollution Act of 1990, required oil companies to find better technology for clean ups. Instead, explains Aaron Viles (Campaign Director of the Gulf Restoration Network ), the oil companies spent their energies focused on expanding technology to access the oil through deep water drilling. When BP’s CEO Tony Hayward faced Congress, Representative Inslee asked what BP spent on research and development for safer off-shore drilling technologies. The answer: only 10 million a year which is .0033% of BP revenues. Tony Hayward made $33 million that same year.
‘Dirty Energy’ gets the inside story from Grand Isle Louisiana residents—people whose jobs and health have been directly impacted by the April 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, the worst environmental disaster in American history. The film explores the biological cost of having millions of gallons of oil and toxic dispersants dumped into the ecosystem and exposes the collusion between BP and the U.S. Government in the clean up process. dirtyenergymovie.com | facebook.com/dirtyenergy | #dirtyenergy #bigoil