Dirty Energy

from Multimedia Library Collection:
Environmental Film Profiles (videos)

Hopkins, Bryan D. Dirty Energy. Burbank: Cinema Libre Studio, 2013. HD, 94 min. https://youtu.be/IBqLvKBU4Lc.

On April 20th, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded off the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven British Petroleum (BP) workers and spewing 200 million barrels of oil into the ocean. Dirty Energy brings to light the personal stories of the Louisiana fishermen and local residents directly impacted by the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. Filmmaker Bryan D. Hopkins gains intimate access to the lives and homes of these people, as they struggle to rebuild their lives and contend with emerging health crises related to the toxic dispersants used to clean up the spill. Dirty Energy paints a poignant portrait of the human cost of the calamity, and the systematic failure by BP and the U.S. Government to effectively and transparently manage the environmental impact. (Source: Official Film Website)

© 2013 Cinema Libre Studio. Trailer used with permission.

This film is available at the Rachel Carson Center Library (RCC, 4th floor, Leopoldstrasse 11a, 80802 Munich) for on-site viewing only. For more information, please contact library@rcc.lmu.de.

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Further readings: 
  • Giddens, Paul H. The Birth of the Oil Industry. New York: Macmillan Co., 1938.
  • Hunt, Sonya, Kelly Smith, Heather Hamerton, and Rebecca J. Sargisson. "An Incident Control Centre in Action: Response to the Rena Oil Spill in New Zealand." Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management 22 (2014): 63–66.
  • Jernelöv, Arne. "The Threats from Oil Spills: Now, Then, and in the Future." Ambio: A Journal of the Human Environment 39, no. 6 (2010): 353–66.