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Loyola marks BP oil spill anniversary with 'Dirty Energy' screening

April 12, 2013

Director Bryan Hopkins

Marking the third anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and celebrating the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, Loyola University New Orleans’ Environment Program and the Loyola Film Buffs Institute will screen the film, “Dirty Energy.” It highlights the personal stories of Louisiana fishermen and locals impacted by the oil spill. The screening is set for Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in Miller Hall, room 114 on Loyola’s main campus.

The director Bryan Hopkins, as well as film participants Aaron Viles, deputy director of the Gulf Restoration Network, and George Barisich of the St. Bernard Fisherman’s Association, will be on hand for a Q-and-A session with the audience following the film. Loyola sociology professor Anthony E. Ladd, Ph.D., will moderate the session. The Center for the Study of New Orleans is also co-sponsoring the event.

“This is an excellent and hard-hitting film that reviews the history of the events leading up to the BP disaster and the continuing ecological and health impacts of both the blowout and the dispersant used to ‘clean up’ the oil,” Ladd said.

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