Demand that BP Pay Highest Possible Fines for 2010 Oil Disaster

Operation Deepwater Horizon

Target: Judge Carl Barbier and the U.S. Department of Justice

Goal: To ensure that BP be forced to pay the highest fines allowed by law due to its responsibility for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

BP will soon go to trial with the United States Justice Department regarding the catastrophic 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Despite the horrendous consequences of their irresponsible actions, BP recently released a statement claiming that the demands made by federal lawyers “are excessive and not based on reality or the merits of the case.” Although BP has already pleaded guilty to manslaughter and lying to Congress, the oil company will attempt to fight the allegation that it was “grossly negligent,” which would allow prosecutors to charge up to $21 billion for environmental damage under the Clean Water Act. The money would go directly towards repairing the damage along the coast in Louisiana, Mississippi, and the surrounding area.

The disaster killed 11 men and caused 4.9 million barrels of oil to be released into coastal waters, making it the worst case in U.S. history. The carelessness and greed of BP’s top executives has caused irreparable damage to local wildlife and those living near the Gulf who rely on the waters to make a living through fishing and tourism. Families lost their loved ones because of BP’s actions—and inaction—before and during the spill. Yet, BP claims that “No company has done more, faster, to meet its commitment to economic and environmental restoration efforts in the wake of an industrial accident,” as if it no longer has any reason to worry about the consequences. In fact, the oil giant feels that it should not be required to pay the $21 billion fine even though it recently announced annual profits of $25.7 billion (due to higher gas prices for consumers) and plans for 12 new exploration oil wells for 2013.

Because of the inconceivable destruction to wildlife and the loss of human life, BP deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Tell the U.S. Justice Department and Judge Carl Barbier to ensure that BP take responsibility for their appalling actions.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Judge Carl Barbier and the U.S. Department of Justice,

In light of BP’s recent statement attempting to minimize their responsibility during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, we ask that you ensure the oil giant be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. BP claims that “No company has done more, faster, to meet its commitment to economic and environmental restoration efforts in the wake of an industrial accident,” as if it no longer has any reason to worry about the consequences. Considering this was the worst oil spill in U.S. history, BP needs to be held accountable for its key role in the disaster.

The carelessness and greed of BP’s top executives has caused irreparable damage to local wildlife and those living near the Gulf who rely on the waters to make a living through fishing and tourism. Families lost their loved ones because of BP’s actions—and inaction—before and during the spill. Yet BP has the audacity to fight the allegation of “gross negligence” and the $21 billion fine. To make matters worse, the oil giant recently announced annual profits of $25.7 billion (due to higher gas prices for consumers) and plans for 12 new exploration oil wells for 2013.

BP’s claims are not a matter of fighting for the facts or justice; it is a matter of greed and failing to own up to corporate malfeasance. We ask that you do not allow BP to escape punishment for the irreparable damage caused by their appalling actions.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: jim.greenhill via Flickr

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