Saturday, June 26, 2010

Adding Injury to Environmental Insult

A story in today's Guardian (here) reports that BP is willfully killing endangered sea turtles and other marine mammals in areas of the gulf where it is burning oil, in contravention of protocols to protect wildlife.
Endangered sea turtles and other marine creatures are being corralled into 500 square-mile "burn fields" and burnt alive in operations intended to contain oil from BP's ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration confirmed today.... The Obama administration, confirming the kills, said BP was under orders to avoid the turtles. "My understanding is that protocols include looking for wildlife prior to igniting of oil," a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) said. "We take these things very seriously."
The test of whether the federal government is indeed taking this "very seriously" will be whether BP executives are criminally  prosecuted under the Endangered Species Act. Is there no end to BP's environmental callousness?

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