The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
in association with
The Carsey-Wolf Center at UCSB
The Society of Environmental Journalists
"The Spills: Mixing Oil and Water"
a public film screening and panel discussion
Friday, January 28, 2011
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Pollock Theater, UC Santa Barbara
(Parking will be available in UCSB Lot 29 see Grid D2 on the UCSB map)
Marking the 42nd anniversary of the Santa Barbara oil spill, leading members of the Society of Environmental Journalists will join scientists from UC Santa Barbara and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to discuss the societal and ecological impacts of major spills that have fouled the California, Alaska and Gulf coasts. Significant oil and gas reserves lie off U.S. coastlines, but tapping them means drilling deeper in colder, rougher waters. In that context, panelists will review the past and provide glimpses of the possible future.
The event opens with a screening of The Spill, a joint investigation by FRONTLINE and ProPublica into the trail of problems — deadly accidents, disastrous spills, countless safety violations — that had long troubled oil giant BP prior to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. After the film, Bren School dean Steve Gaines and NBC Miami reporter Jeff Burnside will co-moderate a panel discussion that will include the following participants:
• Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica journalist and one of two journalists who reported for The Spill
• Robert Gramling, professor of sociology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette; author of Blowout in the Gulf: The BP Oil Spill Disaster and the Future of Energy in America
• David L. Valentine, professor of microbial geochemistry, UC Santa Barbara, who spent six weeks on the Gulf coast in the aftermath of the spill
• Bettina Boxall, environmental reporter for the Los Angeles Times
• Jim Detjen, Director, the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, Michigan State University
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