Essay There Will Be Blood Movie Relations to Environmental Law and Policy

Words: 1237
Pages: 5

Environmental Law and Policy
Third Assignment

“There Will Be Blood” Environmental Issues and Connections “There Will Be Blood” by Paul Thomas Anderson starring Daniel Day Lewis reproduces the early 1900s oil boom in southern California. Daniel Day Lewis plays a man named Daniel Plainview, the very serious boss of a drilling company. After adopting a son early on in the movie for purely business reasons he leads us on the path of innovation and growth within a new industry. His depictions of oil drilling in the turn of the 20th century present endless environmental law issues. These issues have resulted in the regulation of an industry, countless strains on the environment and the contributing factors to many of the
…show more content…
In the film we also see Plainview designing equipment to make his process of drilling and welling more efficient. This equipment is also subject to the various government administrations and safety regulations.
The drilling for oil has become one of the biggest industries in the world today. The release of oil resulting from a spill or accident is very harmful to the environment. We have seen it numerous times like the Santa Barbara spill in 1969, or the Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound Alaska, and most recently the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. These spills are responsible for the death wildlife native to the waters of the accidents. We have seen human beings suffer because the fishing industry takes a hit when oil is spilled. In 1990 George H.W. Bush signed the Oil Pollution Act. Although in “There Will Be Blood” the environmental effects on spills are not realized but because of the actions of an early industry becoming the worlds largest, these laws are completely necessary and in fact can be better. This law made it clear companies must have a plan to prevent spills that may occur, but also have a “detailed containment and clean up plan.”
Today the oil industry touches on just about any environmental law we can think of. They have to be aware and compliant with zoning laws, where they can put their oilrigs in certain locations. Most towns and cities have certain zones where industry can take place and they are not about to let