One Year After the BP Disaster
"The oil is still here, and so are we."
-- Linda St. Martin, Sierra Club leader, Mississippi Coast
Since the BP oil disaster began, the Sierra Club has sought meaningful restoration at all levels based on the fundamental principles of transparency, accountability, and independent science, including legislation to restore the Gulf Coast. The Sierra Club staff and volunteer leaders gave careful consideration to the language of the RESTORE bill, and determined that while bill was a step in the right direction in allocating 80% of CWA fines to the Gulf, the bill needed safeguards to provide accountability, restore public trust, create mechanisms for public engagement, and support independent science. The Sierra Club firmly believes that any Gulf legislation, including RESTORE, should include these provisions.
·Learn more about our position: please review our talking points.
·Take action by joining with the Sierra Club as we move America beyond oil and in the process create a healthier, cleaner future.
A year after the catastrophic BP oil disaster, reports from the Gulf Coast of sick residents, fishermen pulling up nets full of oil, and dead dolphins and turtles washing up on beaches continue to make headlines. Gulf Coast communities are still struggling to recover as they wait for BP to deliver on its promises and Congress to take action to help restore the region. Meanwhile, oil companies report record profits and push lawmakers for even more access to drill our lands and water.
The BP oil disaster has vividly demonstrated that our country must end its dependence on oil and embrace a cleaner, safer energy future for all Americans. Our oil addiction endangers the health and well-being of our families, puts our national and economic security at risk, and imperils our land, air, and water.
Talking points: The Sierra Club's position is to strengthen the RESTORE bill. Talking points available here.