The NOAA website posted a list of a few of the major laws BP has broken:
Relevant Laws: For summaries and links to these, see:
• Oil Pollution Act (OPA) of 1990 (NOAA promulgated regulations for assessing natural resource
damages under OPA. (15 CFR Part 990)
• Clean Water Act
• Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA or
• National Marine Sanctuaries Act
• Anadromous Fish Conservation Act (AFCA)
• Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA)
• Endangered Species Act (ESA)
• Executive Order 11988—Construction in Floodplains
• Executive Order 12898—Environmental Justice
• Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (FWCA)
• National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
• Park System Resource Protection Act
• Rivers and Harbors Act
• National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan, 40 CFR Part 300.
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NOAA is monitoring the movement of the oil, testing for water safety, and doing excellent reporting.
US Fish & Wildlife are charged with reporting all incidents. Since BP put a kind of gag order on workers not to speak w the press, and have made a concerted effort to not have dead animal photos recorded, it is necessary to have guardians of the wildlife, and the truth told. The problem with having the corporation in control, it they have a conflict of interest in controlling their liability.