Target: Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal
Goal: Discourage defense of Big Oil and demand oil companies are held accountable for spills
Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana recently signed a very dangerous bill into law. The bill blocks a lawsuit filed against 97 oil and gas companies for damages to the coast of Louisiana. The extensive damages, including serious harm to wildlife and degradation of wetland quality, are due to the negligence of the 97 oil and gas companies, which are now protected. Jindal does not hold the best interest of Louisiana residents at heart. Instead, he is governed by Big Oil and is intent on protecting its interest, as well as his monetary value, over all else.
The lawsuit in consideration had a very noble goal: restore the wetlands Louisiana residents rely on for storm and surge protection. The wetlands have been extensively damaged by BP Oil Company, due to the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010, along with activity of many other oil and gas companies. The company that produced the lawsuit, Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, was intent on providing necessary protection to Louisiana residents before the next hurricane season, which is bound to be ruthless and trying for the jeopardized coast.
Though Jindal is not the only figure behind this recent case of Big Oil protection, he is certainly entirely to blame for the desolation destined for Louisiana residents. He alone had the power to stop Big Oil protection and force BP and other oil and gas companies to accept blame by giving a considerable amount of money to restore the wetlands of the coastal state. He has shielded BP from its responsibility to clean up its mess; through this he has disregarded the efforts of honest Louisiana residents and businesses that are attempting to save the coastal wetlands, people and animals from despair.
Jindal’s decision to protect oil and gas companies from due responsibility is extremely negligent and dangerous. Sign this petition to demand that Jindal no longer protect Big Oil and instead act on the best interest of Louisiana residents. He must know that his actions are irresponsible and the rest of the country does not support his decision.
Dear Gov. Jindal,
You recently signed Senate Bill 469, completely disregarding the needs of Louisiana residents. Senate Bill 469’s opposition demanded BP Oil Company, along with 96 other oil and gas companies, take responsibility for damaging oil and gas leaks off the coast of Louisiana. Your decision to protect the interest of Big Oil, instead of reconstruct the wetlands of Louisiana, is asinine and negligent.
The people of Louisiana look to you for protection and guidance. The wetlands of the state are severely jeopardized from oil spill contamination. The coastal land is no longer adequate for storm or surge protection. This upcoming hurricane season is bound to be merciless and you are to blame for the ensuing loss of lives and expensive damage.
I implore you to consider the people of Louisiana and their needs instead of cushioning your pocket book and pat Big Oil on the back. I am astonished by your lack of compassion for the state you call home. Mr. Jindal, I demand your future environmental decisions benefit the environment and people of Louisiana. In the future, think of protecting your state, rather than promoting its demise.
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