Greenpeace Response to BP Report

WASHINGTON - Responding to BP’s report on the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Dan Howells, Greenpeace USA Deputy Campaigns Director, said:

“BP’s efforts to spread the blame for the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster displays a devastating litany of human error, incompetence and technical failure, but of course this tragedy is still unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico.

While BP continues to try and blame others, polish its image, and downplay the devastation it has caused, we cannot forget that the full scope of this disaster is only just beginning to be understood.  Greenpeace will continue to seek to reveal the true impacts of this disaster on the Gulf ecosystem, and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. The Greenpeace ship The Arctic Sunrise is currently in the Gulf hosting independent scientists to expose the true impacts of BP’s business practices.

The only way to avoid another oil disaster is to stop new offshore oil drilling, and invest in clean energy."

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For more information contact: Joe Smyth, Greenpeace USA Media, 831-566-5647, joe.smyth@greenpeace.org

Notes:

For more information about the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise expedition in the Gulf of Mexico and the work of independent scientists studying the impacts of the oil disaster on wildlife and the marine ecosystem, see http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/oilspilltruth

Globally Greenpeace is calling for:

    * A ban on new offshore drilling and exploration for other high risk unconventional oil sources, including the arctic and Canadian tar sands;
    * Phase out of remaining oil drilling;
    * Government must require all oil companies to be fully insured for all liabilities;
    * An end to fossil fuel subsidies and an increase in support for clean energy;
    * Strong laws and policies that limit global warming pollution and stimulate a clean Energy [R]evolution.

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