Outcome of BP Trial Must Send a Message
"We need to hold BP fully accountable to send a clear message to every other oil company that this kind of negligence will simply not be tolerated."
Today, BP will head back to court to try and convince a federal judge that the company’s well spewed just 2.45 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico—significantly less than the 4.1 million barrels the government’s team of scientists has estimated.
Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said this about the start of the trial:
"When the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, BP had no clue how to get the well under control. The result was that toxic crude oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days in a row. BP’s oil still fouls our coastlines and poisons our waters. It will take decades for the Gulf to fully recover.
"We should be extremely skeptical of BP’s current claims about the volume of oil released into the Gulf. Getting the estimate reduced may boost the company’s bottom line, but it will hurt the prospects for restoration in the Gulf of Mexico. We need to hold BP fully accountable to send a clear message to every other oil company that this kind of negligence will simply not be tolerated."