Target: U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier
Goal: Praise harsh ruling against British Petroleum for spilling oil in the Gulf of Mexico
British Petroleum (BP) is guilty of one of the worst oil spills in United States history. In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, off the Gulf of Mexico, exploded and spewed out more than 200 million gallons of oil into the environment. A federal New Orleans judge ruled against the company, placing the blame squarely on BP. This ruling should be praised as it will make other oil companies comply with their safety policies and prevent other accidents like this one from happening again.
Judge Carl Barbier ruled that BP is guilty of gross negligence in the 2010 oil spill that polluted the Gulf of Mexico. The company is guilty of cutting corners and placing its employees in danger for the sake of making higher profits. The oil rig continued to spew oil for three months, and the company is remembered for being slow to react to the accident. The accident killed 11 people, and remnants of the spill can still be seen today. During a hard storm, the waves will kick up the oil and bring it back to shore. According to many scientists, cleaning up an oil spill is a virtually impossible task.
The company disagrees with the judge’s ruling and intend to appeal. Because of the fact that the judge accused them of gross negligence, the company will have to pay higher fines of $10 to $18 million. Whatever the case, the company believes that it did not meet the bar for gross negligence.
This ruling should be praised, as it will ensure that other oil companies follow their policies and keep their employees safe. It is unfortunate that it took the lives of 11 people and the devastation of an ecosystem for the public and other companies to remember the dangers of oil drilling. The judge should be praised for holding the company accountable for its negligence, and hopefully another accident like this won’t happen again in the future.
Dear Judge Carl Barbier,
Recently, you ruled against British Petroleum (BP) and condemned them for gross negligence. As our oceans and marine wildlife suffered dearly for this accident, I am relieved that you ruled against this company.
I am writing this letter to praise you for your ruling. While BP believes that it is not guilty of gross negligence, I believe otherwise. BP put the lives of humans and the health of the oceans at risk by cutting corners, and it resulted in an environmental disaster. The company should own up to its mistakes instead of trying to reduce your just ruling. Thank you for holding BP accountable for the devastation it has inflicted upon the environment.
[Your Name Here]
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