July 11, 2011
Oil Spill Recovery Projects Proposed by Louisiana Deserve Prompt Review
Conservation groups say prompt review necessary so restoration can begin
NEW ORLEANS, July 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Conservation groups today expressed support for Louisiana's swift action to identify and propose potential restoration projects that qualify for BP's $1 billion down payment toward the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) stemming from the unprecedented Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Louisiana's release of its project list today is an important step toward getting restoration projects underway, but BP, federal and state trustees must approve the projects before the state can proceed."We applaud the state of Louisiana's efforts to move swiftly in assessing a long and complex list of restoration project proposals against early NRDA criteria," said a joint statement by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Environmental Defense Fund, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, and The Nature Conservancy. "We don't have time to wait for restoration, so it's imperative to expedite the evaluation of these projects to determine if they begin addressing damages from the unprecedented Deepwater Horizon oil spill. We're very hopeful that the pace set by the state of Louisiana will continue as the selection process moves forward with the Natural Resource Trustees and other parties."
"We support efforts to use early NRDA funding to advance projects that are ready to be implemented, as long they are based upon tested techniques that have had proven successful in achieving restoration goals for the Mississippi River Delta and for addressing damages caused by the spill," the groups concluded.
Steven Peyronnin, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, 225.413.6924, [email protected]
Sean Crowley, Environmental Defense Fund, 202.550-6524-c, [email protected]
John Lopez, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, 504.421.7348, [email protected]
Chris Macaluso, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, 225-344-6707, [email protected]
David J. Ringer, National Audubon Society, 601.642.7058, [email protected]
Emily Guidry Schatzel, National Wildlife Federation, 225.253.9781, [email protected]
Karen Gautreaux, The Nature Conservancy, 225-788-4525, [email protected]
SOURCE Environmental Defense Fund