Hurricane Isaac showed that much of BP’s oil remains in the soils and just below the waters of the Gulf, even in many areas the Coast Guard has begun to let BP off the hook for cleanup. BP should be cleaning up their mess, and the Coast Guard should be holding them responsible for it.
The large amount of tarballs, tarmats, and oil coming ashore in areas that saw some of the most severe damage in 2010 and 2011 are clearly BP’s responsibility, but the Coast Guard has allowed BP to question that fact in many areas, slowing response time by requiring unnecessary steps to drag out the process.
Please join us today in calling on the Coast Guard to continue holding BP’s feet to the fire to clean up resurgent oil and to stop prematurely letting BP off the hook anywhere else on the Gulf Coast.
Also, our monitoring of Isaac’s aftermath has shown that much of the region’s oil infrastructure was unprepared for this storm. Storage tanks have toppled, refineries have spilled, and there are many other instances of oil industry pollution across the coast. Let’s make sure the Coast Guard knows we expect them to make all the responsible companies clean up, and then work to make sure they’re prepared to avoid this in the future.
Please send a message to leaders of the Coast Guard today asking them to make errant oil and gas companies protect and restore the Gulf.
Aaron Viles is GRN's Deputy Director.