Hold Big Oil Companies Accountable for Cleaning Up Contamination

Target: British Petroleum

Goal: Protect the safety of citizens by demanding oil companies clean up hazardous contamination from refineries

The Kansas Supreme Court recently sided with oil giant British Petroleum, leaving residents of the town of Neodesha to deal with the effects of contamination from a refinery site. In 2008 a Kansas district judge overturned a ruling in favor of BP, allowing residents of Neodesha to recover cleanup costs and damages from a dismantled oil refinery. The reinstatement of the original ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court reiterates the power multibillion-dollar corporations have over citizens, regardless of the damage done. In a time when oil spills and fracking are threatening the health and safety of citizens and the environment, it is necessary to demand oil and energy companies be held accountable. Please lend your voice by signing the petition below.

The refinery in Neodesha was opened in 1897 and dismantled in 1970. 350 acres of land, including 70% of the town, were found to have contaminated groundwater. This water supplies the town’s homes, schools, and businesses. A variety of hazardous compounds including arsenic, lead, and mercury have been detected in dangerous levels.

The original lawsuit attempted to recoup damages for the residents of Neodesha as well as cleanup costs by contending that BP had caused the contamination. BP claimed they had been fully responsible and had adequately addressed the contamination. The jury ruled in their favor.

Oftentimes the damages done by oil companies can be overshadowed by the legal process. BP caused a significant area of ground water to become contaminated affecting the health of residents. BP can afford to appeal rulings and ride the legal process out when smaller entities often cannot. Please sign this petition and demand that British Petroleum clean up after itself without having to be told to do so by the courts.


Dear British Petroleum,

A recent reinstatement of a ruling in favor of your company reiterates the need for British Petroleum to hold itself accountable for cleanup from your facilities. The Kansas Supreme Court sided with you in a case that originally ruled in your favor but was overturned by a judge. The reinstatement of the original ruling means that residents of Neodesha, Kansas will not be compensated for damages for the contamination of groundwater in their town. After the dismantling of the Neodesha refinery it was found that 350 acres of land, including 70% of the town, had contaminated groundwater. Arsenic, lead, and mercury, among other compounds were all detected at dangerous levels.

Although the original ruling was in your favor supporting your company’s claim that it had taken appropriate cleanup measures, it must be emphasized that people’s lives are affected by what you do. In a time when oil spills and fracking are threatening the health and safety of citizens and the environment, it is necessary that oil and energy companies be held accountable.

People depend on clean water for a healthy life. Please make the reduction of contamination a priority, and fairly compensate affected residents regardless of court rulings.


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  1. Robert Ortiz says:

    The oil companies make record breaking profits year after year all while destroying the environment and refusing to take responsibility for their actions. They must be held accountable to the fullest extent for reducing and cleaning up pollution.

  2. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    clean yourselves up right now!

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