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Endangered Sea Turtles Burned In BP Spill Clean-up

Endangered Sea Turtles Burned In BP Spill Clean-up

A recent Los Angeles Times article confirmed that sea turtles are being burned in the efforts to clean up the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But according to a shrimp boat captain hired by BP and the Coast Guard to rescue sea turtles, workers are being actively blocked from their rescue efforts by the oil company and it’s 21,000 contractors

Shrimp boater Mike Ellis says that BP has shut down the sea turtle operation by preventing boats from getting to the turtles. As detailed in the LA Times story, controlled burns are part of the efforts to contain the oil spill.  Sea tutles and other marine life are caught in the booms and the burn area and are burned along with the oil. “Once the turtles get in there they can’t get out,” Ellis said.

As Daniel Tencer at Raw Story points out, the majority of the sea turtles affected by the oil spill are the endangered Kemp’s Ridleys. In fact, harming or killing a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle carries a very stiff penalty–up to  $50,000 per instance–and  bodies of dead animals are being gathered as evidence to determine BP’s liability. Some are suggesting that burning the turtles is one way to hide evidence on BP’s part.

Watch the Mike Ellis interview by the Sea Turtle Restoration Project

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Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Richard Byle

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9:39PM PDT on May 26, 2015

Just deplorable, BP and all other oil companies should be ashamed of yourselves.

7:58PM PDT on May 26, 2015

This is deplorable, BP you should be ashamed of this horrible situation, so horrible and cruel.

12:37PM PDT on Jul 29, 2014

Now besides polluting and destroying the ocean, BP is destroying the turtle wildlife and polluting the air as well with there burning the oil.

9:11PM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

The well being of the turtles is not on the agenda of BP. I think that they want to do a top layer job and anything that gets in the way is just destroyed. I have a VERY hard time believing the ads that say that they have done so much to return the Gulf to original state. I think that they should be held accountable for getting the Gulf cleaned up with the saving of wildlife the priority.

5:30AM PDT on Oct 3, 2013

this is very terrible! I, too, truly hate the oil companies and especially bp. scum! there will be little to turn over to the next generations

10:30PM PDT on Sep 24, 2013

Yeah, that's the worst part about the whole disaster. All the suffering it caused the marine life and the loss of highly needed members of endangered species. At least 456 Kemp's Ridleys were killed, probably more.

11:40AM PST on Jan 14, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:16AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

thank you.

2:00AM PST on Jan 10, 2012

Thanks.

11:16AM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

its a desaster!!!!!!!!! why this companies are doing this for the turtles????? the bp shoud pay for this. the turtles do not have to pay with theyr own life.

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