Target: John Roberts, Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court
Goal: Commend court for requiring oil company to pay reparations to businesses
The United States Supreme Court denied a recent appeal by BP that would have allowed the oil giant to pay fewer reparations to those affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The appeal is just one of several different routes that BP is taking to try to avoid paying out the reparations that they promised in a 2012 agreement. BP’s flagrant lack of respect and unwillingness to take responsibility for its actions is appalling and the U.S. Supreme Court deserves to be commended for holding this oil giant accountable for the damage it has done.
Among BP’s claims is that because of the wording in the 2012 agreement, it has been forced to pay out reparations to those who cannot prove damages. This fails to take into account the vast scope of the Deepwater Horizon spill and also goes against simple common sense. One supporter of the decision noted that it would be difficult to find any person or business living or operating on the gulf coast that was not affected in some way. BP has a responsibility to compensate those affected.
This decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is welcome news because of how often the court rules in favor of businesses over average citizens and the environment. Hopefully this will set a new precedent for actually looking out for everyday people and businesses. Please sign below to show your support for holding polluting corporations accountable for the damage that they do.
Dear Chief Justice Roberts,
I am writing today to commend you for dismissing a recent appeal made by the oil giant BP. As you know, BP is exploring many different avenues in an attempt to evade responsibility for the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The spill hurt millions of people, thousands of business, and killed innumerable wildlife. This appeal filed with the Supreme Court was an attempt to lessen the reparations the company must pay to those harmed by the spill based on a quibble over wording.
BP claims that they have had to pay millions of dollars to those who could not prove damages resulting from the spill, but as your ruling shows, one would have difficulty finding anyone living on the gulf coast who was not affected in some negative way. I would like to formally commend you for holding this oil giant accountable and ask that you continue to do things of this nature in the future. Corporate greed will be the end of us all if none stand to check its advance.
[Your Name Here]
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