Don’t Cover Up Catastrophic Oil Spill Damage

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Target: Laura Folse, Executive Vice President with the BP Gulf Coast Restoration Organization

Goal: Demand that the company stop disputing the fact that its Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused lasting damage to Gulf habitats and wildlife.

Years after the disaster, researchers have found oil from the 2009 Deepwater Horizon spill in ocean sediments stretching across 1,200 miles. Aside from the known damage to the Gulf of Mexico’s fragile food webs, experts argue that it may be years before we fully understand the extent of the harm done. British Petroleum (BP), one of the companies responsible, continues to dispute any lasting impacts of America’s largest marine oil spill–likely hoping for a reduction in the billions of dollars in penalties it could be forced to pay.

An independent report from the National Wildlife Federation describes the loss of 12% of all brown pelicans and 32% of all laughing gulls in the Northern Gulf as victims of the BP spill. Toxic chemicals BP used to disperse the oil are still found in bird eggs in areas far from the spill site. Yet the company insists its own findings “do not indicate a significant long-term impact to the population of any Gulf species.”

Demand an end to BP’s misinformation campaign. Call on the company to stop making false claims about the extent of damage caused by the failure of its Deepwater Horizon oil well.


Dear Ms. Folse,

While your company’s own Five Year Report proclaims a near total recovery from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, independent researchers have found indisputable evidence of ongoing damage to the Gulf. In your introduction to the report, you describe BP’s noble cleanup efforts. Critics have pointed out the failure of the company’s containment attempts, and the lingering effects of toxic dispersant chemicals which sank the oil to the sea floor rather than remove it from the environment.

Through it all BP has downplayed the seriousness of this disaster: first claiming that only “very minute quantities” of oil had leaked, and now claiming that there has been no lasting harm to the environment. Yes, Gulf cleanup efforts have already cost BP a fortune. An investigation led by the National Academy of Engineering found decisions BP made to save time and money, compromising safety in favor of profits, were largely to blame for the oil spill. The fact that billions of dollars in additional penalties could cripple your company is no reason to reduce them.

This propaganda may be an attempt to avoid taking full responsibility, but it cannot change the facts. I must insist that BP stop making false claims about the lingering impacts of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Les Stone via International Bird Rescue Research Center

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  1. Chiley~♬ Chiley~♬ says:

    I thought the picture was of a bird being strangled by someone who was cleaning it, creating symbolism that companies like BP are making it look like they are cleaning up the environment, but are actually killing it further.
    Truthfully, they probably really are.

  2. You have all the money in the world CLEAN UP YOUR MESS !!!

  3. caryl sawyer says:

    Waste of time signing this, as greed has no limits. Call representatives in Congress, raise hell.

  4. Manel Dias says:

    Obviously these BP Oil company big money earners need to stand together and need to spread the FALSE information to keep the rest of the world peoples mouth shut. If not,those money hungry greedy, oil company workers won’t have a job. Specially the people like Laura Folse, who are floating on money due to her position there. So to lie through the teeth is one of their best ways to hang on to the position and rake the money, wealth and damn the animals lives or the other humans health hazards they create. No one needs to be a Rocket scientist to understand that such OIL SPILLS create the environmental Disaster every where & where ever the Oil goes and ends up.Hundreds of Thousands of Animal perished due to these oil spills and have damaged the environment drastically as well. Laura Folse STOP trying to make other people as fools and you are the only one who knows better.

  5. Greed has NO limits! This is shameful and has to be resolved! They’re busy destroying our ocean! Its companies like this that have no conscience! What will the future generations be left with by the time they’re finished? This has to STOP, NOW!!!

  6. “The human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future – deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities and the spread of disease.” — The World Watch Institute

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