Target: BP Senior Vice President of Communications, Geoff Morrell
Goal: Demand oil company take responsibility for destroying the Gulf of Mexico
In 2010, one of the greatest oil disasters this earth has ever seen resulted in millions of oil barrels unaccounted for, damaged ecosystems and filthy, oil-slicked water. The oil company responsible for this damage caused by the Deep Water Horizon oil spill, BP, has evaded full responsibility for the immense destruction and death that the spill has caused. Four years later, BP is still denying the mark it left on the biota residing in the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists have recently discovered a “bathtub ring” of oil the size of Rhode Island at the bottom of the gulf, near the location of the 2010 oil spill. When approached about this discovery, BP demanded proof that the oil was from the spill and refused to help recover the area until such claims have been made.
The recently discovered mass of oil has degraded after four years of water exposure. Coral and other flora of the gulf’s waters now appear black and diseased. Scientists cannot yet gauge the full extent of the oil damage until years from now when possible disease and cancer becomes obvious in the biota of the area. The state of the affected area now is incredibly unhealthy and deeply saddening. Researchers estimate that 10 million gallons of oil now cover the ocean’s bottom. Because the oil’s origin cannot be properly assessed due to wear, BP refuses to take any blame for the discovery. However, its placement and expanse link it to the Deep Water Horizon disaster.
BP cannot continue to deny its significant environmental impact in the gulf. The newly discovered bottom-layer oil coverage must be assessed and hopefully removed so the ecosystems of the area may recover and flourish once again. Sign this petition to urge BP to take responsibility for its actions and stop evading environmental responsibility.
Dear Vice President Morrell,
You have recently written an article titled “No, BP Didn’t Ruin The Gulf.” Mr. Morrell, I insist that this claim is not true. Scientists have just discovered about 10 million gallons of oil at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. The oil coverage is the size of Rhode Island and is severely impacting the biota of the area. The oil has undergone four years of wear, leaving its origins nearly impossible to discover. However, this massive amount of oil resides very close to where the 2010 disaster took place and would explain the millions of gallons of oil that “disappeared” during the disaster.
We, the undersigned, insist that BP start taking full responsibility for its environmental impact in the gulf. Evading clean-up and financial duties is not only incredibly irresponsible, but a death sentence for the wildlife in the gulf. It is no mystery that the disaster was incredibly detrimental to the area and it is time for BP to help alleviate undue stress on the ecosystems of the gulf.
Denying facts is a waste of everyone’s time. The gulf wildlife is dying slow, painful deaths, coral reefs look as if they have had the life stolen from them, and humans of the coast who rely on the water are still picking up the pieces of their lives. I understand accepting fault is hard and expensive, but these costs should not fall on the government or innocent citizens—BP caused the problem and now it must fix it.
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