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Oil Spills

Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez

In the early hours of March 24th, 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil supertanker runs aground in Alaska. It discharges millions of gallons of crude oil. The incident becomes the biggest environmental catastrophe in North American history...For twenty years, Riki Ott and the fisherman of the little town of Cordova, Alaska have waged the longest legal battle in U.S. history against the world's most powerful oil company -- ExxonMobil. They tell us all about the environmental, social, and economic consequences of the black wave that changed their lives forever. Directed by Robert Cornellier. 2008.

Deliverance From Oil: 10 Years in the Wake of Exxon Valdez

Biologists, commercial fishers, company officials and community leaders describe the residual effects of the Mar. 24, 1989 spill of 11 million gallons of oil from the tanker Exxon Valdez on Prince William Sound, Alaska, and on the surrounding ecosystems and human communities. Written and produced by Kevin Hartwell. Originally presented as a program on KTOO-TV, Juneau. 1999. 56 min.

Lessons of Darkness

A stirring documentary of 1992 post-Gulf War Kuwait, focusing on the oil well fires ignited by retreating Iraqi soldiers. What resulted is less a simple documentary about an environmental catastrophe than an apocalyptic vision of hell, a strangely beautiful portrait of a world on fire. Written and directed by Werner Herzog. 1992. 50 min. ; (copy 2); (copy 3)

The Big Spill (Nova series).

Examines the oil spill of Exxon Valdez and what research is being done in the area of clean up technology. 1990. 52 min.

The Spill

Martin Smith and Abraham Lustgarten explore the corporate history of BP before the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Their investigation reveals a history of safety and environmental violations. This investigation shows that British Petroleum's leadership has failed to create a culture of safety in their massive company. As BP took increasingly big risks to find oil and extract it, the company left behind a trail of mounting problems: deadly accidents, disastrous spills, countless safety violations.