Citizens Affected by Oil Disaster Invite BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg On Tour of Gulf Coast
April 12, 2012 - London - Speaking in support of fishermen and residents of the Gulf Coast, citizen representatives plan to invite BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg to tour coastal communities still being harmed by the ongoing BP Oil Drilling Disaster.
Derrick Evans, from Gulfport Mississippi explained,
NOAA and their partners have discovered dolphins in Barataria Bay are severely ill, and some are unlikely to survive. Recent research has confirmed that coral near the site of the oil gusher has been severely damaged and Auburn University scientists have found dangerous bacteria in tarballs.
This is the second Annual General Meeting (AGM) held by BP since the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon and the second year Gulf Coast citizens have traveled to London. Last year, in spite of having made proper arrangements to attend, residents were turned away at the last minute. Bryan Parras, of Houston Texas, was among those shut out of last year's meeting. He hopes to be able to address shareholders at this year's meeting.
While Parras hopes to be able to deliver the invitation in person, at the AGM, the tour invitation stands either way.
Bryan Parras is a leader of Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services, (t.e.j.a.s.) and Gulf Coast Fund Advisor. Bryan is from Houston, TX.
Derrick Evans is the founder of Turkey Creek Community Initiatives (TCCI) and a Founding Advisor of the Gulf Coast Fund. Derrick is from Gulfport, MS.
Image: Protestors outside of BP's 2011 shareholder meeting. Video still from Democracy Now.