Demand Oil Company Admit Role in Dolphin Deaths

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Target: Bob Dudley, British Petroleum Chief Executive Officer

Goal: Demand that British Petroleum admit to the role its 2010 oil spill played in the deaths of Gulf of Mexico dolphins

Few can forget the tragic Deepwater Horizon oil spill, when nearly five million barrels of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico in the spring of 2010. We are still learning the true extent of the damage, as demonstrated by a recent study on the increase of dolphin illnesses following the spill. While the scientists don’t blame British Petroleum outright, they found that dolphins in Barataria Bay (hardest hit by the spill) were more likely to have deadly health conditions linked to oil exposure.

Immediately following British Petroleum’s epic oil disaster, conservationists around the world feared the worst for local wildlife. Although BP continues to deny that the rise in dolphin mortality has anything to do with the spill, these new findings provide the strongest evidence yet that the oil spill is indeed at fault. According to the report, published in Environmental Science & Technology, half the dolphins examined were in “guarded or worse” condition, and 17% were so sick from their exposure that they weren’t expected to survive.

Rather than apologize or even acknowledge its responsibility, BP prefers to gloat that 2013 was its most successful year yet for Gulf oil discoveries. Tell BP executives to quit living in denial, and demand they own up to the company’s role in these dolphin deaths.


Dear Bob Dudley, British Petroleum Chief Executive Officer,

A report recently released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association shows a rise in fatal illnesses among dolphins exposed to oil following the Deepwater Horizon spill. Numerous health conditions were observed which are traditionally uncommon in the animals, but characteristic of “petroleum hydrocarbon exposure and toxicity.”

It may not come as a surprise to consumers that BP denies responsibility for these dolphins’ suffering, and that alone says volumes. During the disaster and in its aftermath, your company sought to downplay the environmental damage and impact on Gulf wildlife. When word of these findings hit the press your company issued a statement disputing them, rather than apologizing or even acknowledging the obvious: that the 2010 oil spill was responsible for the deaths of numerous dolphins and other marine mammals.

Admitting fault may be expensive for your company, but in the end denial may be even more costly. Consumers are increasingly seeking to avoid companies with questionable ethics and worse environmental track records. Show the world that BP does have a corporate conscience, and own up to the Deepwater Horizon’s legacy of dolphin deaths.


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Photo credit: Faraj via Wikimedia

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