Posted: Jul 26, 2010 8:16 PM by Alison Haynes
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An environmental group sues Interior
Secretary Ken Salazar, saying he didn't properly assess the chance
of damage to endangered whales and sea turtles from oil and gas
drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Center for Biological Diversity says the BP PLC spill proves
a new analysis is needed.
Oceans director Miyoko Sakashita (mee-OH-koh suh-KAHS-tuh) says
the 2007 analysis assumed a worst possible oil spill of 630,000
gallons. That's less than half the amount the government estimates
BP's well spewed in one day.
She says it also assumed there was little chance of oil either
reaching shore or hurting offshore species such as endangered sea
turtles, sperm whales and Gulf sturgeon.
The Tucson, Ariz.-based group has filed five other spill-related
suits, plus legal notices that it plans to file two more.