We are fast approaching the one year anniversary of the tragic BP oill spill that crippled the Gulf Coast.
It didn’t take long for the horrific details of the oil spill to fade away from newspaper and website headlines, and the three companies responsible for the spill; BP, Transocean and Haliburton couldn’t be happier.
Unfortunately for the people and ecosystems of the Gulf, the tragedy is far from over.
On Sunday, hundreds of youth climate activists from all over the United States used flash mob tactics to shutdown a BP gas station with people power.
In an exclusive interview with ThinkProgress during the protest, Tulane University student Stephanie Stefanski explains why she drove 20 hours from Louisiana to the 2011 Power Shift conference to help to shut down BP and make them pay to restore the Gulf:
“There’s still oil on our coast. I saw it two weeks ago, I touched it, I smelled it. It’s still causing massive die offs with dolphins, sea turtles, crustaceans and fish. It’s causing public health issues. I’m here to tell everyone this problem is still here one year later. The beaches are still oiled. They’re trying to “make it right” by paying off the community, but it’s still destroyed. The fisheries are damaged. There’s no money in, people still don’t trust the seafood. They’re not paying up for their damages.”
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