Bipartisan Action Taken to RESTORE the Gulf
This week, the U.S. Senate passed legislation that would help fund environmental restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourism Opportunities, and Revived Economy of the Gulf Coast Act, better known as RESTORE, would use Clean Water Act (CWA) fines paid by BP to revitalize this critical ecosystem. With this new federal funding, the region would be better equipped to recover from environmental damage. The measure now goes to the House.
In addition to the RESTORE Act, interest from CWA fines would create a National Endowment for the Oceans, a new system which would provide long-term, dedicated funding for ocean and coastal conservation and management projects. Chris Mann, director of Pew's Campaign for Healthy Oceans, commended the Senate for its action, saying, “The provision included in the bill creates a dedicated funding source for ocean and coastal conservation, which fulfills a key recommendation of both the Pew Oceans Commission and the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy.”
Passed with bipartisan support, 74-22, the bill now heads to the House. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to learn about opportunities to take action and help make a difference in Gulf restoration.