為了阻止漏出的石油漂向岸邊，英國石油(BP)和美國海岸防衛隊縱火燃燒滿溢在墨西哥灣海面上的石油。艾利斯‧麥克船長確信，燃燒的同時，也使瀕臨絕種的海龜活生生被燒死。一小段關於他的控訴短片，在You Tube 網站上播放，野生動物愛好者和保護者，早已不滿BP的深水平面鑽油平台漏油事件(BP's Deepwater Horizon spill)對於海灣所產生的嚴重污染，加上這項指控更是激起他們的憤怒。
艾利斯並沒有真的目擊到海龜被燒成灰燼，但他確信海龜正受困於大火之中。根據「深水地平線鑽油井整合資料中心」(the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center)，直到至今日(6月25日)，已經放了275場大火，並清除了開放海域上總數超過1000萬加侖的石油。
Captain Mike Ellis is certain that when BP and the U.S. Coast Guard set fire to spilled oil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico to keep it from reaching shore, endangered sea turtles are also being burned - alive.
A short video clip of him making this accusation posted on You Tube has upset wildlife lovers and conservationists already distraught over the widespread pollution of the gulf from BP's Deepwater Horizon spill.
In an effort to keep some of that oil off the shores of four states, BP and the U.S. Coast Guard have been burning off some of the oil - and turtles floating on lines of seaweed are getting caught and burned along with the oil, says Captain Ellis.
He has seen the burning up close. Before the oil spill, Ellis ran a charter fishing business. The oil spill put an end to his fishing charters, so to support his family Ellis took a contract with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, to help save oiled wildlife.
Starting June 1, Ellis says, "My boat was used as the support vessel. I had NOAA vets on board. They would take oiled turtles from the water, clean and photograph them, record the information, doctor them and transport them to shore at the end of the day."
Then the turtles were shipped to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas quarantine for further doctoring, he said.
Ellis has never actually seen a turtle being incinerated, but he is certain that they are being caught in the planned burns. To date, 275 burns have been conducted, removing a total of more than 10 million gallons of oil from the open water, according to the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center.
The turtles being picked up for rescue and rehabilitation were mostly of the Kemp's Ridley species, one of five species of endangered turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. Ellis says NOAA vets were able to rescue about 25 during the week his boat was under contract.
He says NOAA found the sea turtle rescue effort "logistically" difficult. The agency stopped using his boat and he was not paid out for the original contract.
Because Ellis still wants to help rescue turtles and other wildlife before the oil spill gets them. He is hoping now that a nonprofit group or coalition of groups will purchase a boat for him that is better able to withstand the oily waters of the gulf - a boat that would be used to rescue sea turtles before they are burned - alive.