Demonstrators Take To BP Headquarters On Anniversary Of Oil Spill

Six activists were arrested today at the BP headquarters in Northwest Houston. The group was demonstrating to mark the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Activists occupy BP headquarters For five year anniversary Photo by: Matthew Kerkstra/Rainforest Action Network


About a dozen protestors staged a sit-in, carrying signs that read “BP lies,” and “extreme energy out of our communities.” BP spokesman Brett Clanton says police were then called.

“Six people trespassed,” Clanton says. “They were politely asked to leave private property and not disrupt business. They refused and were escorted out by the Houston Police Department.”

It’s been five years since BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in largest oil spill in American history. The company released a report last month saying the gulf is returning to conditions before the spill.

But activist Bryan Parras says many Gulf Coast residents disagree. He says they’re concerned about long-term health risks and environmental impacts.  

“It was in the interest of the many thousands of folks suffering from this disaster to stay there until these questions were addressed,” Parras says.

The group says it’s planning more demonstrations in the coming week.


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