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The Spill

A joint investigation by FRONTLINE and ProPublica into the trail of problems -- deadly accidents, disastrous spills, countless safety violations -- which long troubled the oil giant, BP. Could the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico have been prevented?

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July 2, 2015, 1:21 pm
BP to Pay Record $18.7 Billion to Settle Gulf Oil Spill Claims

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion killed 11 people and poured millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

September 4, 2014, 5:06 pm
Judge: BP Acted with “Gross Negligence” in Gulf Oil Spill

A federal judge says BP made “profit-driven decisions” in dealing with a rig explosion that resulted in 11 deaths and the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

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Over the past decade, BP vaulted from an energy "also-ran" to one of the biggest companies in the world, gobbling up competitors in a series of mergers that delivered handsome profits for shareholders. But an investigation by FRONTLINE and the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica shows that BP's leadership failed to create a culture of safety in the massive new company. As BP took increasingly big risks to find oil and extract it, the company left behind a trail of mounting problems: deadly accidents, disastrous spills, countless safety violations. Each time, BP acknowledged the wider flaws in its culture and promised to do better. The FRONTLINE/ProPublica investigation shows that the rhetoric was empty. From the refineries to the oil fields to the Gulf of Mexico, BP workers understood that profits came first. (read more »)

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