Few people need reminding -- but in 2010 the British megacorporation BP caused the worst oil spill our nation has ever seen. BP's Deepwater Horizon rig spilled more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, harming an unforgivable number of birds, sea turtles and helpless marine mammals -- as well as communities along the coast.
Now BP's back to business as usual, and apparently the Obama administration needs reminding. BP's Whiting refinery in northwest Indiana spilled as much as 1,638 gallons of crude oil on March 24 into Lake Michigan, endangering the area's wildlife and threatening the drinking water supply of 7 million people.
It doesn't have to be this way. The EPA has a responsibility to protect the public by ensuring that our government only does business with responsible companies. Let's face it: BP isn't one of them. The multinational's operations -- from exploration to refining to fuel transport -- have, at some point or another, resulted in violations of our laws.
Take action and urge the EPA to debar or suspend BP so that we, and our vulnerable wildlife, are safe from further harm.
I am writing to urge you and the Environmental Protection Agency to take all necessary steps to immediately suspend or debar BP p.l.c. and its subsidiaries for irresponsible conduct.
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On March 24, 2014, as you well know, BP's Whiting refinery in northwest Indiana spilled as much as 1,638 gallons of crude oil into Lake Michigan, jeopardizing the drinking water supply of 7 million people. This latest incident is just one more reminder that BP can't be trusted to contract with our government. Our country's Gulf Coast residents and wildlife are still reeling from the company's 2010 Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, the most devastating oil spill in our nation's history.
Let's face it: BP has a poor track record, including guilty pleas to criminal violations of U.S. federal law and hundreds of millions of dollars of fines to federal agencies to settle allegations of wrongdoing. We simply can't give this company another free pass. BP's operations -- from exploration to refining to fuel transport -- have, at some point or another, resulted in violations of our laws.
For these reasons, I urge you to act immediately to suspend or debar BP and its subsidiaries -- to protect our citizens and our vulnerable wildlife from further harm.
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