April 20 will mark one year since the Gulf oil spill disaster began – and Congress has yet to require that BP fines from the horrific spill actually go back toward restoring the Gulf of Mexico.
Under the Clean Water Act, BP must pay fines for each barrel of oil spilled. However, the current law requires that this money be deposited into a trust fund in the federal treasury.
Unless Congress takes action soon, the Clean Water Act penalties from the BP oil disaster will not be reinvested in the Gulf.
Of the more than 600 dead sea turtles found in the months after last year’s oil spill, nearly 500 were Kemp's ridley sea turtles like the one pictured above – the rarest and most endangered species of sea turtle in the world. There is still hope for the Kemp's ridley if we act soon to require that the billions of dollars in fines that BP and other parties must pay go to restoring the sea turtles' habitat in the Gulf.
Send a message to Congress, and urge your legislators to mark the oil spill anniversary by committing Clean Water Act penalties to restoring the Gulf – and saving the Kemp's ridley before it’s too late.
The oil spill was an enormous blow to the economy and ecosystem of the Gulf Coast and swift action is necessary to protect the Gulf region's remarkable natural resources and its economy. Restoration of the Gulf Coast and the Mississippi River Delta is critical for preserving America's natural resources and should be a national priority.
Please support legislation that dedicates the Clean Water Act penalties paid by BP towards restoring the region that suffered the greatest impacts of last summer's oil disaster.