July 2011

Support Clean Water Act Penalities Returning to the Gulf Coast

Community members throughout the Gulf Coast are picking up their phones today to make calls into their Representative and Senate officials offices. The purpose of today's call in action is to support legislation that dedicates at least 80% of the Clean Water Act penalities resulting from the BP oil disaster to the Gulf Coast. Last Thursday the first piece of legislation with this objective was introduced into Congress.

RESTORE the Gulf Coast Bill Introduced

On May 13 Save Our Gulf members sent a letter to the Gulf Coast Congressional Delegation requesting that Clean Water Act fines resulting from the BP oil disaster be dedicated to the Gulf Coast.

Our letter also included the following five asks:

•    Dedicate Clean Water Act fines resulting from the BP oil disaster to Gulf Coast ecosystem recovery.

Interesting News Article This Week

Interesting Media This Week

One Year After the Well Was Capped

On July 18 2010 it was announced that BP and the government were confident that the wellhead on the Macondo well had been capped three days earlier. This day was met with hesitant relief. One year later, the great urgency with which the media and industry and political leaders once spoke about ending the BP oil disaster is over, though the oil is not gone and our Gulf Coast has not been restored.

The Dirty Water Act Passed by US House of Representatives - More Action Needed

Late yesterday the US House of Representatives passed a measure called HR 2018 Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011. Those of us on the frontline of protecting our waterways call it “The Dirty Water Act” because it would effectively gut the current Clean Water Act. But yesterday enough of our political leaders said that’s not a problem.

Here is the full list of how each US Representative voted.

Fall 2011 Research Intern Needed to Help Protect the Gulf Coast and Communities

Save Our Gulf is looking for a full or part time Research intern for Fall 2011. Check out the job description below.
Fall 2011 Save Our Gulf Research Intern

Louisiana Bayoukeeper Update: Mike Roberts

This blog is from Mike Roberts at Louisiana Bayoukeeper. You can follow Louisiana Bayoukeeper on Twitter as well as reading their blog updates.

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