Target: British Petroleum CEO Bob Dudley
Goal: Persuade the head of British Petroleum to increase research into methods to repair and rebuild the ecosystem that was and is devastated by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
In April of 2010, a devastating fire tore through the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The disaster took the lives of 11 workers on the rig, and over the course of 87 days dumped 210 million gallons of crude oil into the rich and vibrant waters of the Gulf. We all watched as hundreds of volunteers came in from all over the country to rescue oil soaked wildlife and try their best to remove the unrefined crude oil from the waters and beaches. BP, the company responsible for the spill, let us think that they had succeeded and that the Gulf of Mexico was returning to normal. They couldn’t have been more wrong.
Now, four years later, the Gulf still has not fully recovered. Oyster beds lie empty, dolphins and manatees are dying at a much higher rate than normal (with a sixfold increase in the infant mortality rate for dolphins), and large fish such as tuna are developing a variety of heart and organ mutations that can be – and often are – fatal. Scientists are often finding ‘dead zones’ where oxygen in the water is depleted and no life can be sustained. This is all the result of the Deepwater Horizon spill and it is time for BP to take full responsibility for their mistakes.
So much damage has already been done. We must find ways to aid in the rebuilding of this already devastated ecosystem, before the harm done by this tragedy is irreparable. BP has already paid for the damage that they have inflicted on the humans living on the Gulf Coast. It’s time they do the same for the millions of animals that make of the complex ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico.
Dear British Petroleum CEO Bob Dudley,
The fight for the Gulf of Mexico is still not over. Four years after the tragic destruction of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, the waters that were contaminated by the leaking crude oil are showing no sign of recovery. If anything, the ecosystem is getting worse. Populations of mammals are dropping due to high infant mortality rates; fish are suffocating in areas where oxygen has been completely depleted by either the oil or the millions of gallons of Corexit that were dumped into the Gulf after the spill.
This needs to change, and as it was our fault, it falls to humanity to make that change
I ask that you take a stand in this case, by creating an R&D department dedicated to the repair and rebuilding of ecosystems like the Gulf of Mexico that were devastated by man-made tragedies like Deepwater Horizon. There may be no way to prevent accidents like this from happening, but we can control our responses once they have occurred. This is the only planet we have and we need to take care of it.
[Your Name Here]
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