On the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon spill, BURN examines America’s oil industry.
This hour-long special begins on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico where hundreds of offshore rigs cut into the ocean’s bottom in an unabated effort to satisfy the country’s petroleum needs. But as drilling continues, so does debate over the impact of Deepwater Horizon.
Further north, in Utah, sits the Covenant Oil Field – one of the biggest petroleum finds in the US in thirty years. Host Alex Chadwick talks with Covenant’s owner about the uncertain business of oil exploration.
We also look at the tens of thousands of miles of oil pipeline crisscrossing the US. It’s a vital and cost-effective way to move fuel. But old pipes leak, polluting soil and water. And: the cost of a gallon of gas. Fuel prices are about much more than supply and demand.
Alex visits Port Fourchon, Louisiana, where he discusses the state of the gulf with environmental engineer John Pardue. We learn about the organic nature of oil, oil eating microbes and the spill’s impact on wildlife and the entire Gulf ecosystem.
Alex talks with environmental engineer John Pardue
Alex and reporter Gwen Thompkins look at food safety in the Gulf area. We hear from Carl Kendall, from the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Studies at Tulane University, environmental health scientist Wilma Subra, Food and Drug Administration scientist Bob Dickey and local chef Nathan Richard.
Listen as Alex discusses oil, microbes and the Gulf’s ecosystems with scientist Robert Twilley who says that in order to advance scientific understanding it’s critical to find opportunities in the midst of crises.
Watch The Gulf Spill, a video from The National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling
Alex visits Richfield, Utah and speaks with Wolverine Gas and Oil CEO Sid Jansma, Jr.
Wolverine, an independent oil company, owns Utah’s Covenant Oil Field – the largest domestic oil discovery in three decades.
GRETEL'S NOTEBOOK Read notebook selections. Join science writer Gretel Ehrlich on her most recent trip to Greenland. She writes: "Twenty years after my first visit to Greenland, I returned...to contemplate the demise of ice."
Glacier Slideshow Take a narrated tour of Gretel Ehrlich's aerial photos of glaciers.
Gretel Ehrlich narrates photos of her boat trip among the icebergs near Ilulissat, Greenland.