The following is from Senator Leahy’s site that I wanted all to see and consider supporting — I have used it to contact my senators & congress representative. Someday I’ll learn how to link sites instead of copying them.
Support ECEA – Hold Big Oil Accountable!
Eleven workers lost their lives in the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion. Countless more have lost their livelihoods. The environmental devastation to marine life and coastal wetlands is unfathomable.
Yet under current law if a jury finds BP criminally negligent, the company would not necessarily have to pay any restitution to the victims of the spill – not even to the families of rig-workers who perished or to the fishermen put out of work. Furthermore, criminal penalties are currently too lenient to adequately deter corporate wrongdoers from authorizing risky schemes that damage the environment.
Please urge your members of Congress to support Sen. Patrick Leahy’s Environmental Crimes Enforcement Act (ECEA) to make restitution for violations of the Clean Water Act mandatory and increase criminal sentences for violators.
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