Hostage to Fortune
Bantry Bay and the Encounter with Gulf Oil
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.