Waterkeeper Alliance's Updates

EPA Must Improve Oversight of State Enforcement

On December 9, 2011, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Inspector General issues a report entitled EPA Must Improve Oversight of State Enforcement.

http://leanweb.org/our-work/air/epa-must-improve-oversight-of-state-enfo...

"Let’s get started on restoration"

The public-comment period on the first phase of spending on oil-spill restoration projects has begun, and the work itself is expected to begin within a few months.

http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20111217/OPINION/111219679/1030/opinio...

APNewsBreak: Suit challenges first offshore lease sale since Deepwater Horizon spill

By Associated Press, Published: December 13

NEW ORLEANS — Environmental groups challenged the first attempted auction of offshore petroleum leases in the western Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, filing a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/apnewsbreak-suit-challenges-first...

Mobile Baykeeper receives grant from EPA

EPA Awards Six Environmental Justice Grants in the Southeast

http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/05d1cefef590accb85257961006cb...

Mobile Bay Keeper Inc. (Mobile, AL) will train property owners, business owners, and others who live and work along Alabama’s 670 miles of tidally influenced shoreline to identify and report impacts from the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and other coastal threats become engaged in the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process and understand the importance of coastal restoration.

Update from Gulf Restoration Network

http://healthygulf.org/201111151763/blog/bps-oil-drilling-disaster-in-th...

"I had the occasion more than once to fly over Elmer’s in 2010 during the height of the BP drilling disaster. Thanks to a donation of a great camera and lens by the Wallace Global Fund and the support of generous sponsors, especially Jo Billups, I was able to document impacts all throughout the Gulf. Take a look at these aerial photos from Elmer’s Island last year." Johnathan Henderson, Blog - BPs Oil Drilling Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico

Baldwin County Now: Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft’s Congressional testimony

http://www.baldwincountynow.com/articles/2011/12/07/local_news/doc4edfa4...

Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft testified before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on the need for the RESTORE act to be approved by Congress. The act will direct a large portion of fines expected to be paid by BP to the five coastal states affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.

State of the Gulf: Seven Key Findings

In the beginning of October Gulf Coast Waterkeepers released the "State of the Gulf: A Status Report from the Gulf Coast Waterkeepers in the Wake of the BP Oil Disaster". It included seven key findings from our unique vantage point of water quality advocates impacted by the nation's worst environmental. I'm laying them out below in case you haven't had the chance to read the report. But I know you want to, so download it here! 

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