FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2011
Contact: Maggie Kao, 919-360-0308
One Year after the BP Disaster: Gulf Communities are Still in Crisis
Stunning Inaction by Congress after the Largest Environmental Disaster in
Orleans, LA – One year after the largest oil spill in American history, Big Oil
continues to rake in record profits, Congress has still not acted to hold BP
accountable and thousands of working families and small business owners in the
Gulf are still struggling to recover.
Statement from Sierra Club
Executive Director Michael Brune:
year after the catastrophic BP Disaster killed eleven men, spewed hundreds of millions
of gallons of toxic oil into the Gulf of Mexico and ruined the livelihoods and
health of thousands of working families in the Gulf, not much has changed for
“Oil executives and their lobbyists are raking in millions in bonuses for their
‘best year ever’ and lobbying Congress to open more of our land and water –
even the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge – for risky and dangerous drilling.
“The oil industry continues to brush off the dangers and high costs of offshore
drilling – costs that the people of the Gulf are all too familiar with.
“The current inaction on Capitol Hill is unacceptable. Congress needs to
finally hold BP and Big Oil fully accountable for their disaster in the Gulf by
ending tax breaks for wealthy oil companies and adopting the recommendations of
the bipartisan Oil Spill Commission. These first steps are critical to helping
make Gulf communities whole again and ensuring that we never again experience another BP Oil Disaster.
“The only way to truly protect our communities and our oceans is to end Big
Oil’s stranglehold on our economy and break our addiction to oil. Instead of chasing
dirty, dead-end fossil fuels, we should be investing in 21st Century
transportation solutions like smarter, more fuel-efficient cars and trucks, electric
vehicles and mass transit.
“The time is now for leadership from Congress – the restoration of the Gulf,
the health of our economy and the safety of all Americans depends on it.”
For more information, visit www.sierraclub.org/oil.