June 29, 2010 – Today, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Turtle Island Restoration Network say they intend to bring suit under the Endangered Species Act to stop the Coast Guard and BP from burning sea turtles caught in controlled burns.
The groups highlighted the fact that the Gulf of Mexico is home to five endangered sea turtles that are at risk. These include the Kemp’s ridley, loggerheads, hawksbills, leatherbacks and greens.
In recent weeks, media outlets have produced news stories and videos, along with photographs, about the sea turtle rescue work being done at the Audubon Nature Institute outside New Orleans. As a result, many people know that these wildlife residents of the Gulf of Mexico are in dire straits as a result of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and environmental catastrophe. This notice of intent to sue places BP and the Coast Guard negatively in the spotlight.
The groups are calling on BP and the Coast Guard to stop blocking efforts to rescue the sea turtles before the burns are lit and to place qualified observers in the Gulf who can pull them and other wildlife from the waters before they are killed.