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BP Oil Spill Plan Challenge

Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico on May 6, 2010.

Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico on May 6, 2010.

U.S. Navy Photo / Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Stumberg

Case Overview

Earthjustice is representing the Gulf Restoration Network and the Sierra Club in challenging the U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) arbitrary approval of BP's oil spill clean-up plan. In its spill plan, BP claimed it could contain any possible spill by vacuuming up over 20 million gallons of oil per day. BP's actual recovery rate since the Deepwater Horizon explosion has turned out to be about two percent of that.

If successful, this legal challenge will result in a court ruling that Minerals Management Service's approval of BP's spill cleanup plan was illegal and a new plan needs to be crafted and approved before BP can do any more exploratory oil drilling.

Case ID

2074

Case Updates

November 19, 2012 | In the News: The Times-Picayune

Oil industry seeks to intervene in environmental lawsuit over chemical dispersants

A group of conservationists represented by Earthjustice opposes the American Petroleum Institute’s participation in a lawsuit aimed at establishing the federal government’s responsibility to evaluate the safety of products used to clean up oil spills. API, which is the primary national trade association of the oil and gas industry, has moved to intervene in the lawsuit, something environmentalists view with suspicion.