Rally held outside of BP trial nearly three years after oil spill

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Posted on April 16, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 16 at 7:04 PM

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NEW ORLEANS - April 2013 marks three years since the rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Residents, public officials and conservation groups hosted a press conference and rally at the BP civil trial on Tuesday.

Organizers said they want to make sure BP and others are held fully accountable for its role in the deaths of 11 workers and the massive spill that followed.

The group addressed the ongoing need for restoration efforts. There are plans in place, but much of the work cannot be done until BP pays "the maximum fines allowed by law," according to officials.

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, Chef Susan Spicer and members of the Gulf Restoration Network were on hand to discuss the Comprehensive Restoration Plan.

The plan is expected to be released by the Gulf Coast  Ecosystem Restoration Council. It could dedicate historic funds to the cause, officials said.

The event started at noon at the Hale Boggs Federal Building on Poydras. It was sponsored jointly by the National Wildlife Federation, Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, Gulf Restoration Network and Sierra Club.

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