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Hostage to Fortune

Bantry Bay and the Encounter with Gulf Oil

By Chris Eipper
Categories: Anthropology/ethnography, Economics, History, Labour, North Atlantic European Studies, Oil And Energy, Policy And Politics
Series: Social and Economic Studies
Series Number: 38
Paperback : 9780919666610, 193 pages, April 1989


A vulnerable community on the southwest coast of Ireland is caught up in the development plans of a rich and powerful multinational corporation. Here is a detailed case study which shows in a vivid and tangible way how international pressures directly affected the everyday lives of the inhabitants of Bantry Bay. Eipper looks at how and why there was a disastrous explosion at the Whiddy oil terminal, and examines the "costs" to the community.