Conservation Groups React to Ruling that BP Grossly Negligent in 2010 Oil Disaster

September 4, 2014
Contact: 
Elizabeth Skree, 202-553-2543, eskree@edf.org
Emily Guidry Schatzel, 225-253-9781, schatzele@nwf.org
Erin Greeson, 503-913-8978, egreeson@audubon.org

National and local organizations working on Mississippi River Delta restoration – Environmental Defense FundNational Wildlife FederationNational Audubon Society and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation – released the following statement:

“More than 4 years after the BP oil disaster, today’s ruling brings hope and justice for the people, wildlife and ecosystems of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. For 87 days, the Deepwater Horizon well spewed more than 4.1 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico – because of BP’s egregious conduct. A court of law has confirmed that risky and reckless behavior has consequences. The areas most damaged by the spill cannot wait any longer for restoration to begin. Today’s ruling is a vital step toward holding BP and other parties responsible for the largest oil spill in our nation’s history.”

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