Target: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy
Goal: Force British Petroleum to pay for dolphin population and habitat restoration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico
In 2010, the oil company British Petroleum (BP) lost control of the Deepwater Horizon drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico, leading to one of the worst environmental disasters in recent history. The ensuing liability cases found that BP was entirely responsible for not identifying the risk of a spill earlier and for not following appropriate safety regulations. Thankfully, BP was fined a significant sum by U.S. courts for causing this environmental damage. However, as was predicted by many environmental experts in 2010, there have been far-reaching, previously unforeseen consequences of the spill, and one of the more serious consequences that has come to light is the effect on the health of nearby dolphins.
Since the spill in 2010, regional dolphin populations have shown a greatly increased rate of respiratory problems known to result from exposure to crude oil. According to a 2011 study, as many as half of the dolphins in the area were expected to suffer from a respiratory illness, and about 17% were expected to die from this illness. Dolphins are at the top of the food chain in this environment, meaning that whatever happens to them deeply affects the entire ecosystem. If the dolphin population wanes, there will be even greater problems later.
BP has already been found guilty in court for not taking steps to avert this disaster. It follows that BP is liable for any and all effects of the spill on the environment, and therefore responsible for the harm caused to the nearby dolphin populations. BP should be forced to pay for all efforts to restore these dolphin populations and their habitats. Sign the petition to request that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hold BP accountable for the lives and well-being of these dolphins, and force BP to pay for restoration.
Dear Mrs. McCarthy,
The wide-ranging effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 are still being uncovered today. British Petroleum (BP) has already been found guilty in U.S. courts for not taking steps to avert this disaster, however the price they paid as punishment does not come close to addressing all the environmental damage they caused. Most notably, regional dolphin populations in the area are now suffering from life-threatening respiratory illnesses that result from exposure to crude oil.
Whatever impact the spill has on dolphins will grow exponentially more serious with time because dolphins are at the top of the food chain, meaning that they play a crucial role in regulating the surrounding ecosystem. These dolphin populations must be restored in order to maintain the health of the ecosystem, and BP should have to pay for these restorative efforts. Please hold BP accountable for their mistakes and force them to pay for any and all environmental restoration needed due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
[Your Name Here]
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