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BP is "burning sea turtles alive"

30 June 2010

BP’s belief that burning sea turtles alive is necessary collateral damage in their cleanup efforts is a bit like FIFA saying that replays revealing a ref’s mistakes should not be shown on the big screen in the stadium where the match is being played.  It completely evades the original problem that brought us to this miserable state of affairs.

A rare and endangered species of sea turtle is being burned alive in BP’s controlled burns of the oil swirling around the Gulf of Mexico, and a boat captain tasked with saving them says the company has blocked rescue efforts.

Mike Ellis, a boat captain involved in a three-week effort to rescue as many sea turtles from unfolding disaster as possible, says BP effectively shut down the operation by preventing boats from coming out to rescue the turtles.

"They ran us out of there and then they shut us down, they would not let us get back in there," Ellis said in an interview with conservation biologist Catherine Craig.

Part of BP’s efforts to contain the oil spill are controlled burns. Fire-resistant booms are used to corral an area of oil, then the area within the boom is lit on fire, burning off the oil and whatever marine life may have been inside.

"Once the turtles get in there they can’t get out," Ellis said.

http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0620/bp-burning-sea-turtles-alive/

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