An investigation by FRONTLINE and ProPublica into how the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico was preceded by countless safety violations. Could the spill have been prevented? (Aired 2010)
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Long before the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf, BP was widely viewed as a company that valued deal-making and savvy marketing over safety, a “serial environmental criminal” that left behind a long trail of problems — deadly accidents, disastrous spills, countless safety violations — which many now believe should have triggered action by federal regulators.
Each time, BP acknowledged the wider flaws in its culture and promised to do better. But from the refineries to the oil fields to the Gulf of Mexico, BP workers understood that profits came first.
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Prologue – 00:00
Beneath a Ball of Fire – 00:59
On The Hustle – 10:06
Keeping Silent – 15:17
Disaster in Alaska – 23:33
Deeper Water, Bigger Risks – 33:05
"The Well From Hell" – 46:04