Congressman Steve Scalise today issued the following statement after the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force released its comprehensive final report for long term ecosystem restoration.
"The strategy and priorities laid out in the report provide a foundation for addressing our fragile coastal ecosystems, and I am particularly encouraged that this report again calls on Congress to dedicate a significant portion of future Clean Water Act penalties to the recovery of the Gulf, which my bill, the RESTORE Act, would accomplish," Scalise said. "For decades, we've seen the devastating erosion of our wetlands, which provide a critical barrier against hurricane storm surge. We should take a hard look at the suggestions included in this report as we work to dedicate 80% of BP fines to Gulf Coast states for the purposes of ecosystem restoration and economic recovery from the Gulf spill. It is only proper that the Gulf Coast states, which are still dealing directly with the effects of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, receive the lion's share of the fines BP and other responsible parties will have to pay as a result, and I am committed to passing my bill which would do just that."