A coalition of animal protection and conservation groups filed a
lawsuit on June 30 to stop BP from conducting "controlled
burns" of spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico. They allege that
protected and endangered sea turtles were being incinerated
alive., As part of BP's efforts to control the
massive amount of oil spewing from the Deepwater Horizon, the
company is burning off captured oil. Unfortunately, according to
several environmental groups, BP is burning more than just oil. The
Animal Welfare Institute, the Center for Biological Diversity,
Turtle Island Restoration Network and Animal Legal Defense accused
BP of burning endangered and threatened sea turtles, including the
rare Kemp's Ridley, as well as the endangered Leatherback sea
turtles, endangered Green sea turtles, threatened Loggerhead sea
turtles, and endangered Hawksbill sea turtles., Young
turtles hide among the tarballs as if they were seaweed, and may be
unable to escape before the oil is ignited.
On July 1, the wildlife activists amended the complaint to add, as
defendant, the U.S. Coast Guard who is in charge of directing
BP's containment activities. BP America Inc., BP Exploration
& Production, and BP PLC were accused of violating the federal
Endangered Species Act (ESA), 16 U.S.C. Section 1538(a) as
well as BP's lease with the United States, which requires that
BP complies with all environmental statutes and regulations. The
Coast Guard was accused of violating its mandatory obligations
under the National Contingency Plan requirements of the Clean
Water Act (CWA), 33 U.S.C. Section 1321(d)(M).
The next day, BP, the Coast Guard and the wildlife activists
agreed to the plaintiffs' proposed order to allow
wildlife workers to join oil-incineration vessels at sea to rescue
sea turtles trapped inside the booms before burnings starts.
Animal Welfare Institute, et al., v. BP America Inc., et
al., No. 2:10-cv-018660-CJB-SS, U.S. District Courts, Eastern
District of Louisiana (New Orleans).
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