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Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 11/30/2010

BP sued for violating rights of nature

By Melissa Bell
An overall view of a massive fish kill in the Bayou Chaland area taken Sept. 10. The cause of the fish kill has not yet been determined, but the area they were discovered in was impacted by the BP oil spill. (P. J. Hahn/Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Management/Reuters)

A suit filed in Ecuador charges the oil giant BP with "violating the rights of Nature" for the gulf oil spill, Democracy Now reports. Filed by a group of environmentalists, the suit charges BP with harming the ocean. The Ecuadorian constitution recognizes the rights of nature across the globe.

An NPR report shows that of the 4 million barrels that flowed into the ocean, much of it sunk to the bottom of the gulf, where it remains today.

In other BP news, the company is venturing into film-making with a new feature length film about the Deepwater Horizon spill. The company told the New York Times it was for an internal audience at BP -- and not to burnish their tarnished reputation. BP has already made about 190 short documentaries for its Web site.

By Melissa Bell  | November 30, 2010; 10:40 AM ET
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Ms. Bell, how can we teach our children correct English when reporters for the Post violate the simplest rules of grammar? In reference to the oil, you say "much of it sunk to the bottom of the gulf, where it remains today." The past tense here would be "sank," not "sunk." My third grade teacher would have flunked you.

John Franzen

Posted by: dcfranzen | December 1, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

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