NGO: BP needs to do more
Nonprofit activist group Ocean Conservancy issued a press release on the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, calling on BP to do more to fix the damage done.
The group issued its statement on 18 April, four years after the explosion and fire at the offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 workers and dumped millions of gallons of oil into the ocean. Environmentalists have called the incident the worst disaster of its kind since the Exxon Valdez supertanker spill of 1989.
Since the explosion, BP has spent millions of dollars to help clean up the mess, but Kara Lankford, Ocean Conservancy’s Interim Director of the Gulf Restoration Program, said not enough has been done to make up for the losses and damage.
“They've spent almost four years and millions of dollars telling us they'd take responsibility for the disaster. And what we're asking is simple: BP, put your money where your mouth is, keep your promise and make things right in the Gulf,” she said.
Lankford said oil continues to wash up on the shore of the Gulf Coast, dolphins are showing signs of poor health, and data shows the disaster is still having an impact on commercial fish species, including bluefin tuna.