On January 20, 1990 a Channel 4 documentary series called Scottish Eye aired Slick Operators. The documentary tells the story of BP’s role in the Exxon Valdez oil spill and their lies in the aftermath of the spill. Sadly it is still very relevant today. BP is the largest owner of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and was responsible for many of the failures that led to the catastrophe in Prince William Sound. They claimed that many of the safety measures they were supposed to have in place would have been impossible, yet they were using them at an oil terminal in Scotland.
I was at a meeting last week talking about planning some sort of action in Anchorage about the spill and someone there had a copy of this show. They had seen it at an oil spill conference in 1990 and asked the presenter if they could borrow the tape to make a copy. Luckily the presenter said yes, and my friend held on to his old 2nd generation VHS copy for 20 years. The show is only about 25 minutes, but I had to break it up into 4 pieces after having some technical difficulties with uploading. So without further ado, sit back relax, remove breakable items from your reach (I really wanted to throw something at someone…cough cough Tony Hayward cough cough.. while watching this), and enjoy the show: