Target: Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: Demand appropriate punishment for fuel spill in Arthur Kill River by Motiva Enterprises
Hundreds of thousands of gallons of diesel fuel were spilled into the Arthur Kill River, which separates New Jersey and Staten Island, from a Motiva Enterprises storage facility in the chaos and destruction of Hurricane Sandy. Cleanup still continues, yet media coverage is surprisingly light. Motiva and its parent companies Shell and Saudi Refining Inc. are probably not unhappy at the lack of publicity. This is just another instance of oil companies polluting the Earth.
These companies must be held responsible. No matter the extent of the damage, Motiva and its parent companies will continue to make profits and maintain coastal facilities that are at the same risk of weather damage. They will do the bare minimum required of them to prevent disasters like this in order to maximize profits, no matter how many times it happens. Exxon and BP are still in business after causing unfathomable damage to the environment through massive oil spills and this Motiva spill will be no different.
This spill will just be swept under the rug and forgotten like all the others have been. Maybe a few people will be thrown under the bus, but business will continue as usual and the environment will continue to be put at risk for the sake of profit. It is time these companies are punished for the damage they do to the world. The people of the United States and the rest of the world are tired of being victimized by billion-dollar corporations that undertake dangerous operations for the sole benefit of themselves. Motiva, Shell, and Saudi Refining must not be able to continue making profits while taxpayers foot the bill for the cleanup. These companies are committing crimes against nature and, therefore, humankind. They must be held accountable as the criminals they are. These corporations must pay for this cleanup completely and safeguard the rest of their facilities from future weather catastrophes, even if it results in bankruptcy.
Dear Administrator Jackson,
It is unfortunate that the recent diesel fuel spill at the Motiva storage facility on the Arthur Kill waterway is minor compared to other oil spills. Catastrophes like this have become almost mundane and apparently are barely even newsworthy. This is because the EPA allows companies to continue to make billions in profits despite the damage they have caused.
The people have no real voice since it seems clear that the EPA will not inflict punishments on oil companies responsible for catastrophic oil spills that are severe enough to deter them. You should defend the environment from the people who want to destroy it in the name of profit and power. This recent spill is where you can take your stand. Motiva should be held accountable and should not be allowed to continue operation until the cleanup is finished and it has made sure that it has done everything in its power to prevent similar future occurrences. If you don’t speak out against things like this, it seems that your association has no real function. Please speak for society and stop appearing to placate corporations. Come down on Motiva, Shell, and Saudi Refining and make it clear that oil companies will not be able to afford future disasters.
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