BP Oil Disaster: More than 133,000 voices for the gulf

Tomorrow, Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign staff will hand deliver more than 133,000 petitions to the Department of Justice.

Nearly three years after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, the mystery of BP’s Clean Water Act fines is about to come to a close. With a February 25 trial date looming, BP and the U.S. Department of Justice will either reach a settlement or go to trial within the next two weeks. Among its numerous violations, BP is accountable for upwards of $21 billion in civil Clean Water Act fines. Thanks to last year’s bipartisan RESTORE Act, this money will go back to the Gulf Coast states for needed restoration.

The people of the Gulf Coast and across the nation have written more than 133,000 petitions to BP and the Department of Justice, urging them to hold BP accountable to the fullest extent of the law. Tomorrow, those petitions will be hand delivered to the Department of Justice by staff from Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), National Audubon Society (NAS), National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Earthworks.

We will be delivering the petitions on Wednesday, February 13, at 11:00 a.m. EST in Washington, D.C. Participants will begin at the National Wildlife Federation’s office at 10:45 a.m., walk to the Department of Justice and hand deliver the petitions at 11:00 a.m.

An overwhelming majority of the voting public believes BP’s fines should go toward gulf restoration, and though the RESTORE Act is the mechanism, actual restoration cannot begin until BP pays.