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WTUL News and Views Interviews Aaron Viles on the passage of the RESTORE Act
by zoe sullivan Friday, Jul. 06, 2012 at 11:35 AM
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WTUL News and Views Interviews Aaron Viles on the passage of the RESTORE Act by zoe sullivan WTUL News and Views Interviews Aaron Viles of the Gulf Restoration Network, on the recent passage of the RESTORE Act. More money, more problems? The US Congress has passed a bill, RESTORE, that directs 80 percent of the Clean Water Act fines from the 2010 BP Gulf disaster towards Gulf Restoration, as directed by a Gulf Restoration Council (~60%) and to the five Gulf states (35%). Will this Council have a strong inclination towards environmental restoration, or will the monies be spent on ports?

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WTUL News and Views Interviews Aaron Viles on the passage of the RESTORE Act
by zoe sullivan

WTUL News and Views Interviews Aaron Viles of the Gulf Restoration Network, on the recent passage of the RESTORE Act. More money, more problems? The US Congress has passed a bill, RESTORE, that directs 80 percent of the Clean Water Act fines from the 2010 BP Gulf disaster towards Gulf Restoration, as directed by a Gulf Restoration Council (~60%) and to the five Gulf states (35%). Will this Council have a strong inclination towards environmental restoration, or will the monies be spent on ports?

Aaron outlines the success and future steps people on the Gulf need to watch for as the trial against BP progress to January 2013. The amount of fines has yet to be determined, and could range from $15 billion (BP's stated preferred number) to $192 billion (an advocate's maximum according to existing federal law).

Louisiana, in particular, has taken many steps to outline how it would spend up to $50 billion to halt, or even reverse, coastal land loss over the next 50 years. There are additional monies, from BP and elsewhere to fund this plan.

On the table is how the history of how large amounts of money flow through and flow past Gulf communities in unequal ways, and a couple of ways the public can speak to their needs in Gulf Restoration.

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19 min 32 sec

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