25 May 2010 BP to be sued over harm to endangered species Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | 4 comments | Share: Today, Defenders of Wildlife and the Southern Environmental Law Center notified BP that they would file suit against the company for the unauthorized take of endangered species caused by the continuing oil spill and use of dispersants. The oil gushing from BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig directly imperils 32 threatened or endangered species such as the sperm whale, gulf sturgeon, manatee and five kinds of sea turtles (leatherback, loggerhead, green, hawksbill, and Kemp’s ridley), as well as the waters, coastal wetlands and National Wildlife Refuges that many of these species call home. Endangered species are also adversely affected by the chemical dispersants BP has applied to the Gulf in response to the continued release of oil resulting from the Deepwater Horizon blowout. Mike Senatore, vice president for Conservation Law at Defenders of Wildlife said, “BP must be held accountable for the grave threat posed to sea turtles, whales, seabirds and other endangered wildlife as the result of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Not only does the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico pose an immediate and long-term threat to endangered wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico, but the company’s unprecedented application of chemical dispersants poses additional risks.” Read the full release. 4 Responses to “BP to be sued over harm to endangered species” c lux May 27th, 2010 Go for it!! Hold them accountable for the disaster they have created! Violet May 28th, 2010 What have we done to our planet? The spill in the Gulf is CATASTROPHIC now but wait until the domino effects show their face. Unfortunately, BP has killed precious species, some on the endangered list. Americans are not only upset, but physically sick. If Katrina wasn’t enough, now our fellow citizens that dealt with so much grief is being let down again. How do we communicate to the defenseless creatures how much it hurts to see their pain and loss? Thankfully, the organizations representing these species have been both vocal and visible. BP stands for British Petroleum……..why isn’t Britain involved in this?? Tammy Metz May 30th, 2010 Thank you so much for doing this. It will not bring back our beloved wildlife or turn back the clock on what their greed has done but money is the only thing they care about. They are destroying what I love most dearly so I am very grateful you will take what they hold most dearly in return. Maybe it will even make others think twice about putting the almightly dollar in front of all else. Kelly Bean June 5th, 2010 It is only right that BP should be pursued legally for the loss & future harm to our wildlife. The effects of this oil spill will be felt for generations to come. BP should be footing the bill & providing massive manpower toward wildlife rescue as we speak! I will never purchase BP products or be seen at any BP station as long as I live! This company & all others that have designs of deep sea drilling, must be prepared at a moments’ notice to deal with any & all possible scenarios prior to being permitted to drill in this manner. I agree with a previous posting–that Britain should be heavily involved in this situation & offer assistance where needed. In fact, I don’t know why all civilized nations aren’t stepping up & offering immediate hands on assistance. The delicate balance of the entire planet is in peril–and I don’t see other countries stepping up to help. Where are our allies now???? Thousands of individuals should be working night & day guarding & seeking out our injured precious wildlife. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in A rare sighting at Skilak In a remote part of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, our Alaska representative catches a rare glimpse of a majestic but elusive animal. Living With Wildlife: Australian Edition Our experts are working with their counterparts around the world to see if the nonlethal methods we develop here to keep wolves and livestock safe can help with similar situations in other countries. A trip to Florida: celebrating the iconic Florida panther The footprint was the size of a large dog’s. It seemed unassuming in the Florida mud, surrounded by the cartoonish prints left behind by wild turkeys. But I knew it belonged to a rare and elusive creature, a state icon. Yes, this was the mark of a Florida panther.