Coalition Calls on Federal Agency to Properly Restore Gulf Coast after Tragic BP Oil Spill
May 18, 2011
On May 18, a broad coalition of environmental and community-based groups, including Sierra Club, submitted extensive comments to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) addressing the restoration of the Gulf Coast in the wake of the BP oil disaster. The tragic Deepwater Horizon rig explosion caused BP’s Macondo well to spill millions of gallons of oil into the ocean for over three months, devastating marine ecosystems, threatening wildlife, and forcing fisheries and tourism to shut down in the region.
In its comments, the coalition calls on NOAA to expand public involvement in the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process; to hold BP and other responsible parties fully accountable for long-term impacts; to establish long-term research and monitoring; to ensure that restoration efforts are based on independently reviewed science; and to implement comprehensive and adaptive restoration actions that foster sustainability. These measures are critical to any effort to identify, select, and implement restoration projects that compensate Gulf Coast communities and the environment for the profound known and latent damages caused by the disaster.
Details and Documents:
Sierra Club et al. NRDA Scoping Comments
May 18, 2011
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