Still Oil in Gulf

Posted: December 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

There is still oil in the Gulf of Mexico, and the impacts of the drilling disaster on the marine and coastal ecosystems will be felt by real people for years to come. Congress has yet to pass legislation responding to the worst accidental oil release in history, and the window of opportunity is closing. Regulatory reforms and policy changes are urgently needed. Push your Senators and Representatives to make a commitment to the Gulf by sending them an email asking them to: Support legislation that will direct BP’s Clean Water Act fines back to the Gulf to begin comprehensive and long-term ecosystem restoration. The total amount of fines could range from $5.4 billion to $21.1 billion. If Congress fails to move on this issue, these penalties will go to the US Treasury where they will not necessarily be used to benefit the people and places affected by the BP Drilling Disaster. Support the creation of a Gulf of Mexico Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council, as was done in Alaska after the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989. The RCAC must be formed to ensure that affected communities are formally involved in the oversight of future drilling decisions and oil industry actions. Now is the time for Congress to support the Gulf, and it’s up to us to make them. It’s all hands on deck. GO TO THE LINK BELOW TO TAKE ACTION!


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