Three people were arrested in New Orleans Thursday outside the headquarters of British Petroleum in an act of non-violent civil disobedience.
KBOO interviewed one of those arrested.
They were protesting the ongoing refusal of BP to acknowledge the extent of damage from last year’s oil spill, and the recent declaration of the company that the disaster is over, and no further compensation is needed.
In the last few weeks, videos and photos have been posted on the internet by local fishermen and residents showing dripping tarballs up to two feet long that have been washing up on the shore.
Activists brought some of these tarballs to the protest at BP yesterday, but company officials refused to examine this evidence of ongoing contamination.
The three arrested protesters were released today, and face charges of ‘trespassing’.
No BP officials have yet been charged for the worst oil spill in history, and BP continues to operate in the Gulf.