BP Burning Rare Sea Turtles Alive
Efforts to rescue turtles from oil corrals before controlled burns have been halted by BP. According to Dr. Brian Stacy, a veterinarian with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, most of the turtles being found dead or covered in oil are Kemp's Ridleys, which is the rarest species. It is protected by the Endangered Species Act, which means there are severe penalties for those who harm or kill them. Fines of up to $50,000, and prison time, are applicable if the evidence doesn't go up in smoke.