After 87 long and damaging days, B.P. finally capped their spill and prevented more gallons of oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.
The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder has been at the forefront of aiding the people and ecosystems affected by this disaster since the beginning. "I've felt physically sick about this for months now, literally, so even just a small amount of relief is a powerful feeling," he says.
But Ian isn't done fighting. He's calling on the government to step up and not downplay the situation. "All right, it's capped for now. There's no oil coming out. What do we do? Well, first we have to make sure B.P. makes good not only on the promises they've made, but on the responsibility that they now have. And I hope the U.S. government doesn't bow down like they did when the oil was leaking. I hope the government makes B.P. compensate."
The Louisiana native continues championing those affected most by stating, "The wildlife and the people who depend on that ocean have to be a priority. The government can't turn their head away from that."