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Sierra Club Can Not Join Governments Civil Lawsuit Against BP

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Claiming that environmentalists will push for stiffer fines than the government would, the Sierra Club had requested a “seat at the table” in the U.S. civil lawsuit against BP over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which is seeking billion of dollars for pollution law violations and damage to the country’s natural resources. The court denied the environmental group’s request.

The lawsuit, which is being heard in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, is seeking between $1,100 to $4,300 per barrel of oil spilled, and billions of dollars for restoration of wetlands, marshes, beaches, fisheries and wildlife harmed by the spill, Bloomberg reports.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan in New Orleans said in her ruling that the Sierra Club does not need to become involved in the lawsuit to make its position known. “In the event there is a settlement, it will be able to present public comment,”  she said.

The government did not want the Sierra Club to join the case either, stating “The facts here simply do not support Sierra Club’s intervention into the United States’ enforcement action,” because they “ultimately seek the same objectives.” disclaimer: This article: Sierra Club Can Not Join Governments Civil Lawsuit Against BP was posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 at 8:29 pm at and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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