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Diverse Coastal Interests Release Recommendations To Sustain Gulf Region In Aftermath Of Oil Spill
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 22, 2010 --/WORLD-WIRE/-- Representatives of the America’s Energy Coast (AEC) initiative of the America’s WETLAND Foundation (AWF) today released recommendations to Congress and the Administration on sustaining economic and ecological assets of the Gulf region in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill.
The group, representing NGOs, the energy industry, and coastal stakeholders in the Gulf region, presented Congressional Members and Obama Administration officials its report - SECURE GULF PROJECT: Sustaining Natural Resources and the Communities of America’s Energy Coast. The report outlines key findings and recommendations. The following are some examples:
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-LA, said the coastal marshes are not just Louisiana’s wetlands. “They are America’s wetlands, and this is America’s working coast. The oil and gas, fishing, shipping, ecotourism, and hospitality industries all share it, and have thrived together for decades.”
“But all of this is at risk if we do not work together on a long-term plan to save our coast. The report released today by the America’s WETLAND Foundation lays out a number of common-sense solutions,” she said.
From across the aisle, U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-TX, also welcomed the recommendations.
“The Gulf Coast region is home to a diverse combination of ecological and economic activity,” said Burgess. “This report highlights the fact that it is in the best interest of the entire nation that we strive to reach a balance that allows the ecosystems to be sustained, while also fostering the economic advantages the region offers.”
Karen Gautreaux, regional director of governmental relations for The Nature Conservancy, said, “The coastal areas of this region are in need of immediate and concentrated attention. The federal trust fund recommended by the AEC can be a powerful step in restoration efforts.”
Warner Williams, Vice President, Chevron Gulf of Mexico Business Unit, said, “It is important to have all views at the table when dealing with challenges facing the Gulf region. Chevron appreciates the willingness of cooperation and compromise displayed by those participating in the AEC. This report is a good example of how cooperative discussion can lead to progress in addressing very difficult issues.”
America’s WETLAND Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that has acted as a neutral arbiter for coastal interests since its inception in 2002, elevating issues facing the Gulf Coast, specifically those of coastal land loss, to regional and national attention. Through its America’s Energy Coast (AEC) initiative, the Foundation has brought together a diverse group of major U.S.- based businesses and industries, national environmental organizations, renowned scientists and researchers, and coastal interests from across the four energy-producing states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Download a copy of the Secure Gulf Report on www.americasenergycoast.com