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Louisiana Wildlife Federation Applauds Passage of RESTORE Act Amendment in House Transportation Bill
The Louisiana Wildlife Federation is applauding the House of Representatives for passage of the RESTORE Act amendment as part of an extension of a surface transportation bill Wednesday. The bill containing the RESTORE Act amendment, which will dedicate 80 percent of the Clean Water Act penalties from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to the five affected Gulf States for ecosystem and economic restoration efforts, passed the House by a vote of 293-127.
"This is a big step forward for coastal restoration efforts and we applaud Louisiana's congressional delegation, especially Representative Steve Scalise and his staff, for working with LWF and other conservation organizations to make directing the penalties from the oil spill to ecosystem restoration efforts in Louisiana a top priority," LWF Coastal Outreach Coordinator Chris Macaluso said. "Dedicating the bulk of the Clean Water Act penalties back to the Gulf States has long been supported by the Administration and the Senate passed its version of the RESTORE Act in a transportation bill earlier this year. We feel confident now, more than ever, that RESTORE will be signed into law in the coming months and that Louisiana will wisely use its share to begin building the projects needed to reverse nearly a century of coastal land loss."
The Louisiana Wildlife Federation is a statewide conservation education and advocacy organization with more than 10,000 members and 26 affiliate groups. Established in 1940, it is affiliated with the National Wildlife Federation and represents a broad constituency of conservationists including hunters, fishers, campers, birders, boaters, and other outdoor enthusiasts.
For Immediate Release
April 18, 2012
Contact: Chris Macaluso