Sierra Club: Judge Rules BP at Fault for Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster

Washington, D.C.—(ENEWSPF)—September 4, 2014. Today, a federal judge ruled that BP’s reckless conduct caused the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster. The disaster resulted in the loss of 11 lives and the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, a spill from which local communities and environments have still not recovered.

In response Sierra Club Director of Lands Protection, Athan Manuel, issued the following statement:

“This ruling is confirmation of what has long been clear– oil companies cannot be trusted to drill off our coasts.  Time and again industry promises of safety and responsibility have been belied by ruined coastlines, damaged coastal economies, and injured wildlife. The fact is that drilling means spilling.

“Today’s decision is a reminder that expanding oil and gas drilling off our coasts is a bad idea. Opening new areas off the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic coasts not only risks local communities and environments, but also our climate. President Obama’s work fighting climate disruption should extend to include protecting our coasts and beaches from drilling. As the Administration develops its next offshore leasing plan, it must consider keeping these dirty fuels in the ground, or risk the significant climate progress already made.”


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