Community still struggles for say in oil spill recovery

NWF and others highlight the need for more funding to advance coastal restoration

05-06-2011 // Nayita Wilson - The Louisiana Weekly
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This excerpt is from The Louisiana Weekly

One year after the disaster, nonprofit leaders representing environmental agencies that have been actively involved in the BP oil spill clean-up and recovery processes that followed the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Explosion acknowledge consensus around the need for more funding to advance coastal restoration, a desire to see federal regulation surrounding greater accountability for drilling companies and more in depth public health studies.

At a community panel hosted by Unified Nonprofits of Greater New Orleans, representatives from the Sierra Club of New Orleans, the National Wildlife Federation, the Gulf Restoration Network and Environment America recently discussed their immediate response to the oil spill that invaded the Gulf in April 2010 as well as their organizations’ ongoing efforts and challenges.

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Amanda Moore, senior coastal Louisiana organizer for the National Wildlife Federation, and Heather Emmert, Gulf States organizer for Environment Ameri­ca, also highlighted community organizations’ roles in environmental issues surrounding the BP oil spil.

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