Ian Somerhalder Speaks About the Stop of the Oil Spill

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As we've previously reported, "The Vampire Diaries" star Ian Somerhalder has been very outspoken about the Oil Spill in the Gulf. He's taken part in PSAs, telethons and has raised awareness for the Gulf via his twitter. Zap2it... 000_001_019_ian-somerhalder-end-oil-spill

As we've previously reported, "The Vampire Diaries" star Ian Somerhalder has been very outspoken about the Oil Spill in the Gulf. He's taken part in PSAs, telethons and has raised awareness for the Gulf via his twitter.

Zap2it recently caught up with Ian on the set of "The Vampire Diaries" in Atlanta to ask his thoughts on the situation now that BP's cap has stopped the oil.

"I feel relieved," he said. "I've felt physically sick about this for months now, literally, so even just a small amount of relief is a powerful feeling."

He continued, "All right, it's capped for now. There's no oil coming out. What do we do?" he asks. "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.

How do we rebuild these communities? How do we rebuild these economies and these ecosystems that are now destroyed? I don't know. Honestly, I don't know, and it's a baffling question. 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."

Now that the oil spill has currently been stopped, there is still a lot of relief work being done to clean up the damage. If you haven't yet, make sure to check out Jordin Sparks' recent trip to the Gulf for Cambio Cares to see the effects of the spill firsthand.


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