Above It All: Tracing BP’s Imperious History





...As “The Spill,” a documentary that is a joint presentation of “Frontline” and ProPublica, so compellingly details, the company’s history of flagrantly violating safety standards made lethal personal injuries and horrific accidents practically inevitable.

The film (to be shown on Tuesday on PBS) is an old-school, dig-deep production that could have been improved upon only if it had been longer. An hour somehow seems insufficient....

“The Spill” travels back, looking at BP’s bleak environmental and safety record, and unpacks in riveting outline the company’s March 2005 disaster. At the time, an explosion in a refinery in Texas City, Texas, acquired by BP six years earlier as a result of its takeover of Amoco, killed 15 people and injured 170....


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