The residents of Grand Isle, the last inhabited barrier island off the coast of Louisiana, thought they were living in paradise until the 2010 BP oil spill hit their shores.
The film uses testimony from this island community to reveal the devastating repercussions that continue to plague them.
On April 20th 2010 the Deepwater Horizon, a Transocean-owned, BP-leased oil rig exploded. The blaze claimed the lives of 11 workers and the uncapped well gushed for 87 days pouring an estimated 4.2 million barrels of oil into the sea. It is considered the worst man-made environmental disaster in US history. The accident happened a 100 miles from Grand Isle, the last inhabited barrier island off the coast of Louisiana, 3 hours south of New Orleans…
The chemical dispersant, Corexit was used in unprecedented quantities during the oil spill. Corexit is a product line of oil dispersants used to dissolve oil spills. Rep. Edward Markey (D) of Massachusetts made a statement to Congress saying “BP carpet-bombed the ocean with these chemicals, and the Coast Guard allowed them to do so.” Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) whistleblower Hugh Kaufman has said that the dispersant is more toxic to humans and animals than the EPA has admitted, the EPA has known for decades that the combination of Corexit and oil is more toxic than the oil alone. According to Kaufman, Corexit was used during the BP oil spill to hide the amount of oil leaked, thereby saving the oil giant billions of dollars in fines. Chemist Wilma Subra states the short-term health symptoms include acute respiratory problems, skin rashes, cardiovascular impacts, gastrointestinal impacts, and short-term loss of memory… long-term impacts include cancer, decreased lung function, liver damage, and kidney damage.