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NOTE: A decade after Deepwater Horizon, Trump continues his dangerous record supporting offshore drilling

Apr 17, 2020

Courtnee Connon, 727-744-4163, courtnee_connon@lcv.org

Next Monday, April 20 marks a decade since Deepwater Horizon, the most devastating oil spill in our nation’s history which killed 11 people, and left hundreds of millions of gallons of toxic oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico over a span of 87 days, and the gulf coast is still suffering the consequences. 

 Since taking office, here are just a few of the ways the Trump administration has endangered workers and put us at risk of another oil spill off of our coasts:

The following statement on the ten year anniversary is attributable to LCV Legislative Representative Laura Forero:

“Despite the progress that was made during the years immediately following the devastating spill, President Trump has continuously made alarming decisions in the best interest of corporate polluters. The administration should be focused on building resiliency, advancing equity, supporting clean energy, and protecting frontline communities – especially black, brown, indigenous, and other disenfranchised communities in the Gulf. Instead, they have ignored science, lined the pockets of big oil, and left our coastal communities just as vulnerable as they were during the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe.”

Here are some helpful resources: 

We’d encourage you to contact Gabby LaVerghetta from STG to connect with local storytellers from the Gulf Coast about their experience during and after the oil spill: gabby@stgresults.com, 410-707-4646

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