Levy Maximum Fines Against British Petroleum for Gulf Oil Spill

Target: U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier

Goal: Exact the maximum penalty on British Petroleum for its negligence and resulting Gulf Oil spill

British Petroleum’s 2010 oil spill catastrophe is finally coming to court, and although the accident was as disastrous as it was avoidable, the slippery corporation at fault is prepared to deny as many claims as it can. Urge presiding judge Carl Barbier to exact the well-deserved maximum penalties and fines on BP.

What will assuredly be a long civil trial regarding BP’s infamous oil spill is set to begin Monday, February 25th. The maximum fine for this court case is $17.5 billion, and BP must be found grossly negligent in order to receive that penalty. Many consider this a small price to pay for what has transpired, but gross negligence may be a hard case to make considering the oil giant’s finesse when it comes to reducing charges, and the difficulty in accounting for such an enormous industrial accident.

BP has already made efforts to lower what should be a huge fine. By twisting facts and placing blame on other entities involved in the Gulf drilling project, the hope for British Petroleum is to sidestep a gross negligence charge. In accordance with these tactics, BP’s lawyer Rupert Bondy has already aired his opinion that the company is facing “demands that are excessive and not based on reality” in the upcoming trial.

The sheer scope of the oil spill has resulted in many damages and injured parties being left out of what settlements  BP has already paid. In the opinion of the federal government and many American citizens, BP simply can not pay enough for the accident that ravaged a fragile ecosystem, harmed five state coastlines, destroyed the business of countless companies and individuals around the Gulf of Mexico, and will undoubtedly be the cause of damages yet to be discovered. Even if the $17.5 billion fine is paid, the damage done can never be truly accounted for.

In order to achieve any semblance of environmental justice regarding BP’s oil spill, the corporation must be found grossly negligent in the upcoming proceedings. Sign this petition and prevail on judge Carl Barbier to fight for the maximum penalty sentence in BP’s civil trial.


Dear Hon. Carl Barbier,

It is without a doubt that the upcoming civil trial against British Petroleum will be a long and arduous proceeding. It is the intent of BP to avoid any and all penalties possible, but it is in the interest of justice and the earth’s natural environment to levy them in full.

Not only did the Gulf oil spill result from negligence, there was a decided culture of corporate recklessness surrounding it. BP executives cut corners, disregarded safety requirements, and put the well being of its employees and the planet at risk. The corporation at fault will fight tooth and nail to avoid a gross negligence charge concerning its actions leading up to the 2010 oil spill, but in order to attain just reconciliation for the environmental damages caused, British Petroleum must be sentenced with the maximum penalty.

The court must observe the facts presented in an unbiased light, and I trust you will uphold this responsibility. I only urge you that in so doing, you ignore what nefarious devices British Petroleum uses to deflect or shift blame, and punish the negligent corporation for its actions to the full extent of the law.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. They must pay, but no amount of money can repair the damage that was done to our planet.

  2. “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.” This was one of the worst crimes in history … against both humanity and the planet. The maximum fine is still not enough.

    • Brandon Taylor Brandon Taylor says:

      I have to agree with you there. It´s impossible to account for the repercussions of an accident on that scale, and the full penalty would at least narrow the gap between what happened and what has been settled for with BP.

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