BP Burning Sea Turtles Along With Oil in the Gulf

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Add another victim to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mike Ellis, a Louisiana man who was rescuing endangered sea turtles from the Gulf oil spill, claims the burn method BP is using to clean up the spill is trapping the turtles and burning them alive.

All of the sea turtles that reside in the Gulf are on the endangered list, but the Kemp's Ridley Ellis refers to in the video is most in danger of becoming extinct.

The turtles are attracted to the same areas where the oil pools, which is also covered with sargassum, a seaweed mat that allows young turtles to find food without diving into the ocean and foraging as older turtles do. Which is why so many young turtles are in the area and in need of rescue. But Ellis claims he was run out of the area by BP as he watched the sea turtles burn.

There is a fine of $50,000 per sea turtle for killing the endangered species. I suppose BP could just add it to their tab.

Conservation groups are calling for an end to the burning, or at least for the method to be put on hold as rescuers are allowed to enter the area and save as many of these endangered turtles as possible.

Do you think BP should be punished for burning the endangered sea turtles alive?


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usmom3 usmom3

hell yes!

hotic... hoticedcoffee

I don't think there is enough punishment in the world for BP....

nonmember avatar Shiela Carlson

They should pay and cease and desist.  No longer be allowed to drill anywhere!  This is so cruel and hard to believe, the Gulf is their home.  Mother Nature is not happy.  Pray for us all. This is not good.

Dick7s Dick7s

Burn every BP executive alive!

Pee326 Pee326

How about burning BP and the execs to extinction

nonmember avatar Ter Shore

Turtle Island Restoration Network is filing a lawusit against BP and the Coast Guard to stop burning sea turtles alive. See the press release issued today, June 29 at http://www.seaturtles.org/article.php?id=1675

Phils... PhilsBabyMama

This just makes me cry.  This whole mess is horribly depressing and there doesn't seem to be a thing we can do about it. screaming

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