The Deepwater Horizon disaster

As BP publishes it's report into what happened on April 20th on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, One Planet examines the environmental and political fallout from the world's biggest oil spill. We hear from Louisiana as the clear up operation continues and local residents tell us their fears for the future.

We also hear from Washington, where the oil spill raised uncomfortable questions about the relationship between the energy industry and Capitol Hill.

Plus we travel to the island of Guernsey off the south west coast of England to witness an extraordinary sight. In a disused quarry, in a quiet headland in the north of the island, there is a lake of oil that remains left over from another oil disaster - the Torrey Canyon tanker that ran aground in 1967.

The oil was collected and dumped there during the clean up efforts - it's been sat there ever since. Now efforts are finally being made to tackle the remains of what was the world's first large-scale oil disaster.

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Sun 12 Sep 2010 05:32 GMT

BBC World Service Archive

BBC World Service Archive

This programme was restored as part of the World Service archive project