Lawsuit Filed and Emergency Relief Requested Over BP's and Coast Guard's Burning of Sea Turtles in the Gulf

Yesterday, our firm filed suit on behalf of several conservation and animal welfare organizations in federal district court in New Orleans challenging BP's and the Coast Guard's oil spill response practice of controlled burning, which is killing federally listed sea turtles helplessly caught in these "burn boxes." Plaintiffs have moved for a temporary restraining order to immediately modify this practice by requiring defendants to adopt certain measures to eliminate the risk of unlawful sea turtle mortalities and injuries while also having no appreciable adverse effect on defendants' oil containment efforts.