“Oil is a messy business, even when it’s legal,” says filmmaker Joe Berlinger, and we’ve all seen the effects of that business splashed across front pages and television sets over the last month. But the BP disaster isn’t the only mess that Big Oil has caused in the last couple of months, to say nothing of the years and decades past. The newest oil mess to be cleaned up is a Chevron spill in Utah that has flooded a Salt Lake City creek with thousands of gallons from a pipeline with what was described as a “quarter-sized hole” in it.
Antonia Juhasz is director of the Chevron Program at Global Exchange, and Joe Berlinger is director and producer of Crude: The Real Price of Oil, which looks at the effects of Chevron/Texaco on people in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforests and their struggle for restitution. They both join Laura for a discussion of Big Oil’s ongoing destruction around the world, and what can be done about it.
If you want to do something to help, New Yorkers can attend a benefit screening of Crude with Joe Berlinger, Morgan Spurlock and others, and everyone can contribute to the Crude legal defense fund to fight Big Oil’s lawyers.