Vanishing Pearls

Vanishing Pearls is a documentary that visits the Gulf Coast to expose the effects of the 2010 oil spill on the people and economy in the community of Pointe à la Hache.  British Petroleum (BP) project Deepwater Horizon caused this disaster by carelessness and greed.  CEO Tony Hayward said “We will be judged by our response.”  Their response is nothing short of a crime against humanity and the planet.  This is a powerful movie that exposes what REALLY happened as the aftermath of the BP Gulf spill, and how little regard BP has had for the US citizens, economy, and environment.  They paid a law firm 1.2 million a month to deny claims and drag their feet.  They sprayed dispersant Corexit chemicals by the tons, which killed off the entire oyster population.  Then they use a report by some guy taking ‘an educated guess’ to claim the oysters will come back in a year.  The devastation from the 2010 oil spill caused an overwhelming amount of desperation and fear, making people desperate to feed their families and fearful of what the future may “not” hold for years to come.  Shame, shame, shame on you BP, Transocean, and Halliburton.  You have devastated these people, their livelihood, and their way of life by your negligence and then your deceitfulness.  Your spin-doctors and hired guns claim that everything is fixed — totally without solid science to back up those claims.  But this documentary has uncovered the truth.  Eventually, BP offered people payment in exchange for giving up future claims, after first taking away their incomes, and then taking advantage when they were financially desperate by offering them crumbs as long as they signed releases.  How could a measly $5,000 for individuals or $25,000 for businesses even come close to compensating them for what they lost?  They owe these people so much more.  I will never buy another drop of gas from BP, ever.  The movie is very fair, giving all sides a chance to speak.  I appreciate that it is calm and level headed, just presenting the facts, and not insulting the audience’s intelligence with the circus-like antics that some other documentaries employ.  This was heart breaking to watch, but also informative and inspiring.  It points out a major problem the public is largely unaware of.  We’re sure not hearing about any of this in the mainstream news, so thanks go to Nailah Jefferson for making this documentary.  It’s really sad that these people along the Gulf Coast have been forgotten, not unlike those devastated by hurricane Katrina.  Once a disaster is off the news cycle, people tend to think the problems have been taken care of — but too often, they are not.  Unfortunately, money is power, and BP is evidence of that fact.  And, no one has ever been able to answer my question, which is:  How and why does our Congress allow a corporation from a foreign country to drill and own our number one resource, oil?  We cannot continue to let spills like this happen — we must protect our own environment and our own citizens.  But if anyone protests about it, they are called ‘environmental wackos’ on Fox News.  We need to stop giving a blank check to corporations to take whatever they want from us the people, and stop them from defending their rights above our own.  If corporations are people and entitled to a voice in government, then we the people are also entitled to a voice — and there are far more of us citizens than there are corporations.  The more people band together, the more power we will have to match the power of BP’s money in the pockets of our government regulation.  We citizens together can change the way this world is going.  The whole planet needs to wake up.  This a great documentary.  What a moving and sad film.  Everyone should see this movie, especially all people who live in Gulf Coast states.  Documentary 2014 NR 1hr20m.

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