Documentary: Ten Steps to Disaster - Deepwater Horizon

Was the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Preventable?

This 2021 Smithsonian Channel series investigates the most famous disasters of the 20th Century and reveals ten mistakes that resulted in catastrophe. New evidence is revealed, weaving archive and interviews with experts, this series will take viewers through the events leading up to the final fateful moments.

Discover ten critical errors that took place before, during, and after the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

Antonia provides key commentary throughout this critical 2021 documentary from the Smithsonian Channel on the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. It includes new revelations, critical lessons learned and ignored by industry and government, and key voices. Experts include, Antonia Juhasz, investigative journalist and author; Dr. Steven Chu, former U.S. Energy Secretary; Russel L. Honore, retired Lieutenant Army General; Leo Lindner, a worker aboard the Deepwater Horizon; Brenda Dardar Robichaux of the United Houma Nation; Sambhav Sankar, Counsel to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Richard Sears, Chief Scientist to the Commission; Chemical Engineer Yasmin Ali, and more.

The documentary includes not only Antonia’s commentary, but also a good deal of reference to her book, BLACK TIDE: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill (Wiley 2011).

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Entire documentary available (the whole series or just Episode 4 on the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster) on Amazon: