Three Years Later: BP Still Needs to be Held Accountable
“Nearly three years later, the impacts of the Gulf oil disaster continue to unfold.”
Three years ago, on April 20, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and killed 11 workers. Two days later, the rig sank. Before BP finally capped the well, months later, 206 million gallons of oil had been released along with huge quantities of hydrocarbon gases.
A recent National Wildlife Federation report, Restoring a Degraded Gulf of Mexico: Wildlife and Wetlands Three Years into the Gulf Oil Disaster, assesses the current status of wetlands and key species in the Gulf.
Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said today:
“Nearly three years later, the impacts of the Gulf oil disaster continue to unfold. Dolphins and sea turtles are still dying in high numbers. Just this month scientists announced the spill’s underwater oil plume caused a massive die-off of creatures at the base of the Gulf’s food web. It’s clear that we will not know the full fallout from the disaster for years.
“BP needs to be held fully accountable. The outcome of the ongoing trial must send an unmistakable signal to every oil company that cutting corners on safety is simply not a smart thing to do.
“The Gulf of Mexico is an economic and ecological powerhouse that generates more than $50 billion annually from fishing and tourism alone. The federal penalties resulting from the disaster need to be spent exclusively on smart investments in the health of this shared national resource. Restoring the Gulf will have a positive impact on our nation’s economy, now and for generations to come.”