A key meeting and decision will occur Aug.28 at the Hyatt Regency on Loyola.
The funds earmarked from the the Initial Comprehensive Plan: Restoring the Gulf Coast's Ecosystem and Economy are tied to the RESTORE Act, which dictates that 80 percent of BP fines resulting from Clean Water Act penalties go back to the Gulf.
The public is invited to attend, and according to the Environmental Defense Fund, heavy interest is expected.
"This is an important time for RESTORE Act progress. While the human lives lost to the 2010 oil disaster cannot be replaced, justice is within reach for restoring invaluable Gulf ecosystems and protecting the resource-dependent industries and communities that rely on them," the EDF said today in a press statement.
An Open House will open the meeting at the hotel starting at 11:00.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Chair of the Council, will preside over the meeting, and Gov. Jindal will be in attendance as a Council member and host of the meeting.
Representatives from NOAA and the National Wildlife Federation will also be there. Meeting materials, including the meeting agenda, the Plan, the "Response to Public Comments," and a Programmatic Environmental Assessment, are available on the Council's website.
To date, the Republican Louisiana governor as well as governors from the neighboring states have been criticized for a lack of action in the Gulf. With the second phase of the civil trial starting Sept. 30 - to determine how much oil actually flowed into the Gulf - tomorrow's meeting and its timing are critical.
Thousands of residents continue to suffer severe health effects including respiratory distress and liver damage linked to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent release of over 4.9 million barrels of oil. The figure is only the estimate to date, though. During the course of the spill, BP repeatedly downplayed flow rate and purposely misled the public.
The health effects to humans and animals from Corexit, used to curtail how far the oil came upon shore, has been criticized and well-documented.
The event will be held at 601 Loyola, New Orleans, beginning with an Open House at 11:00 a.m. and the main meetings starting at 1:00.
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