“It’s just scary how one little pipe in the middle of the Gulf could change so many lives and rearrange things in a way that you could have never have imagined.” – David Chauvin, Waterman – Dulac, Louisiana
Narrated by Matt Damon, Dispatches from the Gulf - 1 investigates the environmental health of the Gulf of Mexico in the years after the Deepwater Horizon blowout in April 2010. That’s when the world's ninth largest body of water became a place where thousands of communities and millions of citizens were put in jeopardy by a single incident – the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Today, a global team of scientists is working together to protect and restore one of our planet's most valuable natural resources. Their ultimate goal is to learn how to cope with the challenges of future oil spills.
“What I love about Dispatches from the Gulf – 2 is that it’s such a celebration of science.” – Matt Damon
The unprecedented scientific mission to study the lasting impacts of Deepwater Horizon continues. Barely half of the pre-spill dolphin population survives, their calves dying or miscarried. Fish hearts cannot beat properly. Crab burrows leak oily rivulets into wetlands poisoning fish nurseries. Will this ecosystem recover? Will we be able to prevent future oil spills and the ensuing environmental devastation? Narrated by Matt Damon.
“Has the Gulf of Mexico recovered from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?”
As the tenth anniversary of the disaster approaches, this question is regularly posed. Scientists have spent nearly that long studying its environmental impact on humans, wildlife, and the ecosystem. They provide assessments of the current state of the Gulf, but lingering questions are challenging their ability to predict the long-term impacts. Narrated by Matt Damon.
Produced by award-winning filmmakers Marilyn & Hal Weiner, Dispatches from the Gulf 1, 2, and 3 are the 14thm 15th, and 16th episodes in the documentary television series "Journey to Planet Earth."
The Dispatches from the Gulf project was made possible by a generous grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) - scientists working together to understand and restore the health of marine and coastal ecosystems.
Additional funding provided by the Wallace Genetic Foundation and the Farvue Foundation.