Monday, February 7, 2011

Sierra Club Joins DoJ Suit Against BP

Sierra Club has filed a motion to intervene in the Justice Department's $21+-billion-dollar suit against BP for damages under the 1990 Oil Pollution Act and the Clean Water Act. Presuming the motion is approved, this means that Sierra Club will have a seat at the table in any negotiations of a potential settlement.

I have known some of the local Sierra Club officials who are most active in pursuing legal action when other means fail, and I have this to say about them: they know their stuff. They know a whole lot more about oil spills than I do. And they've been in those seats at the table before, and know exactly what they're facing in legal negotiations. If you are a Gulf Coast resident attempting against all odds to be made whole after BP's grotesquely negligent spill damaged your property, you could not do better than to have Sierra Club at that table.

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