The U.S. Senate passed the RESTORE Act as an amendment to the transportation bill last month so that the work of restoring the Gulf of Mexico can begin. The RESTORE Act will direct 80% of Clean Water Act fines paid by BP and other responsible parties toward the places in the Gulf where it’s needed most. This funding will enable the implementation of a comprehensive ecosystem restoration plan and ensure the future health of the wildlife and the local communities that greatly depend on our ocean. The RESTORE Act is simply about fairness for the Gulf. Nobody really knows with certainty the full impact of the BP oil disaster. What is known is troubling for the Gulf – and it’s clear that these resources are urgently needed.
While the vast majority of the fines BP and other responsible parties must pay should be rightly directed to the Gulf Coast region, this program – if passed – will promote the environmental and economic prosperity of all of America’s coastal waters and Great Lakes. In addition, many of America’s special places and natural resources will receive funding under the RESTORE Act amendment. But I can’t emphasize strongly enough – it must become law and that may not happen.
With the Senate’s passage of the transportation bill, the RESTORE Act cleared a major hurdle with overwhelming bipartisan support – a 76-22 vote. Thus far, the House has done virtually nothing and that’s the bad news. The ball is now in their court. Now that the RESTORE Act has such momentum, it’s vital for the House to act promptly and pass the Senate version of this bill. It’s critically important that the important work of restoring the Gulf be allowed to go forward.
The RESTORE Act does what’s fair and right for the Gulf. This legislation is moving forward because of a catastrophic oil disaster, and the anticipated funds will be generated because those responsible are being held accountable. In fact, passing this bill would provide some certainty for those involved in settlement negotiations right now. Once this legislation is put into action, it will greatly increase our ability to protect our coasts, the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico.
Sources: Al.com and Associated Press
Contact us today for a free legal consultation with an experienced attorney.
Fields marked *may be required for submission.
If you would like to subscribe to the Jere Beasley Report digital edition, simply visit our Subscriptions page and provide the necessary information or call us at 800-898-2034.
Attorney Advertising - Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.