As hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, continues its spread throughout the nation, oil industry representatives and environmentalists vie for control over coverage of the issue. Brooke speaks to ProPublica's Abrahm Lustgarten about how advocates on both sides of the issue are attempting to control the narrative.
Abrahm Lustgarten, reporter at ProPublica and author of Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster, reflects on the errors leading up to the spill, and its ramifications a year after the catastrophe.
Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica reporter; Mark Boling, executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary at Southwestern Energy; and Stu Gruskin, consultant and former executive deputy of New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, discuss fracking—how it works, its pros and cons, its promise and perils.
Global energy giant BP has taken full responsibility for cleaning up the Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Though it neither owned nor directly operated the rig, BP had given the contract for the job to Transocean, the world’s largest offshore drilling company. This is not the company's only recent accident in energy production, however: Prior to this accident, BP made headlines in 2005 when a massive explosion at one of their refineries in Texas killed 15 workers. In 2006, a large hole was found in a BP pipeline in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. But are these isolated incidents or does the company have a track record of negligence?