Brad Matsen: The Piper Alpha Disaster
July 6, 1988 began as a normal day on Piper Alpha, the biggest offshore oil rig on the North Sea. But just before midnight, a series of explosions rocked the platform 162 of the 226 men who worked on it died, and the inferno burned for weeks. Vashon Island writer Brad Matsen, author of Death and Oil, shares stories from survivors and their families; platform operator Occidental Petroleum; and rescue teams, firefighters, and hospital workers, illuminating the human error and corporate malfeasance behind the tragedy. Presented by The Town Hall Center for Civic Life, with University Book Store. Series media sponsorship provided by PubliCola. Series supported by The Boeing Company Charitable Trust and the RealNetworks Foundation.
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