BP Refuses to Accept Care2 Petition With Over 140,000 Signatures
Environmental advocates organized by the Gulf Future Coalition were prevented from delivering a Care2 petition demanding that BP clean up the disaster they caused in the Gulf after a staffer refused to accept the signatures.
VICE News spoke to Gulf Restoration Network Communications Director Raleigh Hoke, who said, “They’re continuing to actively push against the science and try to muddy the water with their PR campaign and their army of lawyers.”
Despite BP’s attempt to make it seem as though everything will be fine, official records tell a different story. The environment has been impacted severely, and despite BP’s claims about the “resilience” of the region, scientists urge caution when projecting the impact. For example, state records show a drastic increase in the region’s oysters, with the number hovering around one-third of what it was before the BP disaster.
Dolphin deaths have “more than tripled,” sea turtle nests are down and Cat Island has, for all intents and purposes, disappeared, according to The Weather Channel.
BP was forced to acknowledge a 25,000 pound tar mat on Louisiana’s coast just this year, despite the company’s previous claim that impacted regions were “returning to baseline conditions.”
It also appears that BP failed to notify the Coast Guard of the issue until March, even though they’d been cleaning a beach an hour or so drive from New Orleans since February.
BP is also continuing to receive tax breaks for the money given toward restoration efforts, with an estimated 80 percent being qualified for a tax write-off. How much money are they not required to pay in taxes? The number is thought to exceed $10 billion!
Protester Brooke Schueller, dressed as an oiled bird, lamented the uphill battle faced by environmental advocates:
It’s so incredible to think that there’s nothing we can do to hold them accountable [...] So many efforts have been made, and they all seem to be too little too late or kind of pushed by the wayside. I find it extremely frustrating and kind of heartbreaking to see this amazing, amazing natural resource literally disappearing before our eyes, not to mention being doused in oil.
(via Bridge the Gulf, a citizen media project)
She’s right: concerned citizens are being shoved aside. Last month, six were arrested during a demonstration outside of the BP headquarters in Houston, Texas.
But advocates are undeterred and hope to garner an even larger pool of voices to demand BP clean up its act and take real responsibility for the damage done.
You can help by joining over 140,000 other concerned citizens and sign the petition!
If you feel strongly about an issue in your community or the world, click below to start a petition today and get help from Care2 members.
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