Judge Sets Date for Final Phase of the BP Trial

 

BP Trial Rally

As we approach April 20, 2014, four years since the Deepwater Horizon exploded off Louisiana’s coast in the Gulf of Mexico, communities across our Coast are reminded daily of the destruction caused by BP’s negligence. Last Friday (21 March), U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier announced the start date for the third and final phase of the civil trial against BP – January 20, 2015 – which will determine the amount of fines BP will pay as a result of the 2010 BP Oil Disaster.

In 2013, the first two phases focused on the liability of BP and its drilling partners, and how much oil was released into the Gulf of Mexico.

With the court date set for 20 January 2015, it will be another year or more before BP finds out exactly how much they will have to pay in Clean Water Act fines. Meaning, we won’t find out how much money the RESTORE Council will receive to begin restoration across the five Gulf States.<--break->

While we are still in a waiting period to know how much money will come down the pike – and thus which restoration projects will rise to the top for implementation – we have an opportunity to ensure that the process moving forward reflects the needs of our communities. Public participation and transparency are vital to help ensure that our decision-makers favor restoration that benefits our communities and our environment. The Gulf Restoration Network and Gulf Future Coalition, a diverse coalition of community groups and organizations across the Gulf Coast, are currently working towards that goal.

Visit GulfFuture.org to learn more about how you can get involved.

To read more about the BP Trial and Judge Barbier’s decision, see Friday’s Times-Picayune article.

Recent Posts

State Representative Malinda White of Bogalusa invited Gulf Restoration Network and The Pearl Riverkeeper to...
Written by Andrew Whitehurst
Thursday, 14 December 2017
In Mobile, Alabama the trustees from the Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA Trustees) held a...
Written by Andrew Whitehurst
Tuesday, 05 December 2017
Black Friday is coming up and as you begin preparing for the biggest shopping day...
Written by Marley Vebares
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
GRN arranged a swamp tour on November 16th for members of the Louisiana and coastal...
Written by Andrew Whitehurst
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Mississippi’s second annual Restoration Summit convened on Tuesday Nov. 14th so the state could announce...
Written by Andrew Whitehurst
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing this month to discuss the fate of...
Written by Marley Vebares
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
And the hurricanes just kept coming… In finishing my first full month on the job...
Written by Christian Wagley
Tuesday, 24 October 2017

SHARE THIS PAGE