Our crew spent over five months shooting throughout the Gulf of Mexico, exploring the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the 2010 BP oil spill. In our time there, we found that while the spill itself was an environmental disaster of unseen proportion, it was what followed that was the true crime. During our time in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida it was impossible to ignore the public outcry for increased cleanup efforts and safety measures. Just as evident was the general neglect of this outcry by BP and the U.S. government. Why was BP allowed to run the clean up of the spill that they allowed to happen? Why did they apply more toxic chemicals to the Gulf? How is it that our own governmental agencies like NOAA and the EPA are less stringent with their scientific data than independent researchers from all over the country? These are just some of the questions we’ve asked and topics we’ve explored in Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Dispersant Experiment.
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