Special to CNN: Make BP pay to restore Gulf
March 5, 2013 | Posted by Delta Dispatches in BP Oil Disaster, Clean Water Act, Media Resources, Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), RESTORE Act, Videos

David Yarnold, President, National Audubon Society

This story was originally posted on CNN

By David Yarnold, President, National Audubon Society

Special to CNN
Updated 8:01 AM EST, Tue March 5, 2013

(CNN) — BP showed up in court last week, finally, nearly three years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the hell it unleashed on the Gulf Coast. It's a huge, high-stakes trial, and BP is taking the beating it's earned. Here's what's at stake for America if there is a judgment: potentially tens of billions of dollars that will be used to create jobs while restoring some of our most productive and vulnerable natural places.

Whether the trial results in a decision or a settlement, the outcome will send a signal about how serious this country is about enforcing its common-sense rules that guarantee clean air and waters.

BP and its partners have already confessed to criminal negligence in the 2010 blowout that killed 11 men and gushed nearly 5 million barrels of oil. Every part of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, from the deep-sea corals to dolphins to migratory birds, was… (continue reading on CNN.com: http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/05/opinion/yarnold-bp/index.html).

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