Gulf oil spill: Environmentalists stage protests around the country
A coalition of environmental and social justice groups organized a 20-city protest Wednesday, including one in Los Angeles, urging consumers to gather at nearby BP gas stations advertised by the company as “eco-friendly.”
The so-called Seize BP National Day of Action protest was scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. at BP’s Green Curve gas station at 8770 W. Olympic Blvd., said Ian Thompson, a spokesman for the group called Answer Coalition.
"We’re calling for a federal government seizure of BP’s assets to pay for all the environmental damage, personal losses and untold consequences of their oil spill,” Thompson said. “And in Los Angeles, we’re demonstrating at a BP gas station the company claims was designed to teach people how to live greener lives.”
“To have a company that is responsible for one of the worst environmental disasters ever claim to be able to teach anybody how to live green is utter hypocrisy,” Thompson said.
Other protests that mainly drew small groups were organized in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas.
-- Louis Sahagun
Reporting from Los Angeles