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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2010

Contact: Kristina Johnson
(415) 977-5619

After Biggest Offshore Oil Spill in U.S. History, BP Must Be Held Accountable

Washington, DC - In response to the Department of Justice today filing suit against BP and eight other companies responsible for the Gulf oil spill disaster to recover billions of dollars from the largest offshore spill in U.S. history, Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club issued the following statement:

"We applaud the Obama administration for taking steps to make sure BP pays for the damage it did to the Gulf Coast. BP must be held fully accountable for its recklessness and negligence - and pay the billions of dollars it owes in cleanup costs. 

Approximately 200 million gallons escaped from BP’s well, spreading across over 40,000 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico, oiling over 600 miles of coast and leading to the loss of up to $22.7 billion in tourism over the next three years. BP has a clear responsibility to the communities and lives it has devastated to pay what it owes, so that the Gulf can begin to recover. 

This devastating man-made disaster provides a clarion call to move our nation onto clean energy and off of dirty, outdated sources of energy like oil."

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