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.

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Full Broadcast (54:01 minutes in three segments)

 

Segment A: Deepwater Horizon Two Years After

Part 1

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

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Part 2

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.

For more on Food Safety in the Gulf
Port Fourchon, LA
Port Fourchon, LA
Oil sample at FDA lab
Oil sample at FDA lab
Gulf Oyster (2012)
Gulf Oyster (2012)
Reporter Gwen Thompkins tours FDA seafood lab
Reporter Gwen Thompkins tours FDA seafood lab
Char-grilled oysters at Felix NOLA
Char-grilled oysters at Felix NOLA
Dry-docked shrimp boats in Galliano, LA
Dry-docked shrimp boats in Galliano, LA
Alex and Port Fourchon Oil Tanks
Alex and Port Fourchon Oil Tanks
FDA biologist Bob Dickey
FDA biologist Bob Dickey
Alex with John Pardue and Vijay Elango at Port Fourchone Beach
Alex with John Pardue and Vijay Elango at Port Fourchone Beach
Gwen Thompkins with environmental scientist Wilma Subra
Gwen Thompkins with environmental scientist Wilma Subra
Oysters Cochon Lafayette
Oysters Cochon Lafayette
New Iberia cane field
New Iberia cane field

All photos by BURN Producer Sean Collins

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  • 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Segment B: Utah’s Covenant Oil Field, Roxanna, Illinois and Peak Oil

Part 1

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.

Utah vistas
Utah vistas
Kings Meadow Ranches
Kings Meadow Ranches
Wolverine oil rig
Wolverine oil rig
Wolverine CEO Sid Jansma Jr.
Wolverine CEO Sid Jansma Jr.
Drilling for oil
Drilling for oil

All photos by BURN

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Part 2

BURN contributing writer Scott Carrier visits Roxana, Illinois, an industrial, blue-collar town built around the oil business.

Roxana oil refinery
Roxana oil refinery
Rusted oil pipes
Rusted oil pipes
Water tank in Roxana, Illinois
Water tank in Roxana, Illinois
Trixie Willeford's husband Bud has blood cancer
Trixie Willeford's husband Bud has blood cancer
Chris Cahnovsky from the Illinois EPA
Chris Cahnovsky from the Illinois EPA
High school baseball team
High school baseball team
Roxana H.S. baseball team named after the oil company
Roxana H.S. baseball team named after the oil company
Oil pipes in Roxana
Oil pipes in Roxana
Roxana residents living close to oil tanks
Roxana residents living close to oil tanks

All photos by BURN

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Segment C: The Price of Gas and the Future of Oil

Alex and oil expert Richard Sears discuss gas pricing with consumers at a California gas pump and engage in a dialogue about our energy future and the role oil will play in it.

 

Gas station in Menlo Park, California, May 2011

 

 

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