Posted on Monday, April 6th, 2015 at 12:05 pm by Williams Hart
According to BP research, there will be no lasting environmental damage to the Gulf of Mexico in relation to the Macondo well explosion in 2010, the Advocate reported on March 17.
The conclusion reached by the report was that damage peaked directly after the incident, but species in the Gulf will not suffer long-term effects from the oil spill. This report was immediately rejected by several nonprofit organizations and state agencies.
Trustees of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program (DARRP), said BP made “inappropriate as well as premature” conclusions regarding the current status of the Gulf of Mexico.
The health of the gulf could determine the amount of penalties BP will be paying for violations under the Clean Water Act – which could be as high as $13.7 billion – and the natural resources damages it will have to pay following a separate process.
BP is adamant in its insistence that “misinformation persists about the recovery of the gulf.”
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