Global protest planned over BP’s handling of oil disaster – CNN

Posted by Henry Taksier, June 12, 2010

Photo by Chris Pizzello/ AP

“New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN)
— Environmentalists plan to stage a worldwide protest against BP on Saturday as the petroleum giant takes hits from politicians and Gulf residents.

Worldwide BP Protest Day claims demonstrations will take place in more than 50 cities across five continents from Pensacola, Florida, to Christchurch, New Zealand.

“Let the world know YOU care,” says a flyer on the group’s Facebook page, which translates BP’s initials to mean British Predator. “We need to let BP know that we are NOT okay with what they are putting in OUR oceans.”

The protests come as politicians and Gulf residents slammed BP on Friday over its efforts to end the spew of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and make whole those who have been hurt.

“BP misrepresented what their technology could do,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday. “They misrepresented the amount of oil that was being spewed forth into the Gulf and continued to do so.”

She was referring to Thursday’s announcement by researchers that doubled estimates of how much oil has been gushing from the ruptured well: About 40,000 barrels (1.7 million gallons) a day may have escaped for weeks.”

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