EDISON – New Jersey grassroots environmental groups have launched a national boycott of all BP gas stations until the ongoing oil spill disaster in the Gulf Shore region is contained, cleaned up, and the restoration of destroyed marshlands is underway.
Representatives from Edison Wetlands Association (EWA) were joined Wednesday by Clean Ocean Action, NY-NJ Baykeeper, and other organizations in urging citizens nationwide to “BP: Boycott Polluters.” EWA Executive Director Robert Spiegel called on President Barack Obama to step up the administration’s efforts to contain the spill and prepare to enforce BP’s likely $6 billion-plus cleanup and restoration.
“President Obama must stop advocating for plans to expand oil drilling locations across the Eastern Seaboard,” said Robert Spiegel, Executive Director of EWA. “And BP’s Lamar McKay and others involved must be held accountable both financially and criminally for poor planning, cost-cutting, and murdering the Gulf Coast. Until then, we urge all Americans who care about the Earth to see the letters ‘BP’ as reading: ‘Boycott Polluters’.”
The BP disaster is pouring over a million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico every few days – killing wildlife, destroying untold acres of valuable marshland, and hammering the economy of an already weakened region still reeling from Hurricane Katrina.
Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action, said “Overall, BP’s response to the spill is an insult to all, especially in light of their excessive profits—over $5 billion in the first quarter of 2010. We have been betrayed by big oil and our government. We the people must hold them accountable; a boycott is a vocal, important step.”
The oil well is now pouring out an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil each day, according to most recent estimates, with no end in sight. The oil slicks may have already entered the fragile marshlands of Louisiana’s Gulf Coast, and uncertain currents could impact the Gulf Shore from Texas’s coastline to the Florida Keys’ coral reefs.
Deborah Mans, Executive Director of NY/NJ Baykeeper, stated, “The BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico is the ecological and economic disaster that proves beyond any doubt that clean energy and conservation is America’s only sound energy policy. The era of ‘spill , baby spill’, is over!”
More information can be found at www.EdisonWetlands.org.
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