Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said today:
“The commission’s final report makes clear that we can’t restore the Gulf’s economy without restoring its ecosystems. In particular, the National Wildlife Federation supports the commission’s call for Congress to direct 80 percent of civil and criminal Clean Water Act penalties to Gulf Coast ecological restoration. From the fisheries that support thousands of jobs in commercial and sport fishing to the marshes and barrier islands that soften the blow of hurricanes, the Gulf Coast can’t be made whole without a major national commitment.
“After past catastrophes that have devastated America’s natural resources, Congress has moved swiftly to prevent similar disasters. This Congress owes it to the people of the Gulf to act decisively to implement the commission’s recommendations.”
To read the National Wildlife Federation's reaction to last week's commission chapter release on the need for drilling reform, click here.
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