Environmentalists, activists rally outside courthouse for start of BP oil spill trial
By Elizabeth Skree, Communications Manager, Environmental Defense Fund
Beginning at 6 a.m. this morning, Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign members and dozens of Gulf Coast supporters rallied outside the U.S. District Courthouse in New Orleans, urging the U.S. Department of Justice to hold BP fully accountable for the gulf oil disaster. As the civil trial began inside the building, Gulf Coast residents representing communities, industries and diverse sectors gathered outside, holding signs showing the spill’s destruction, reading “#makeBPpay.” The group was clad in black to symbolize BP’s grave negligence toward gulf residents and ecosystems. Campaign experts were also in attendance, providing interviews to the media.