FL Wildlife Federation Pushing State Restoration Act

01-23-2012 // Les Coleman - Public News Service (FL)

This excerpt is from Public News Service

A telephone poll by U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio conducted late last year found that an over-whelming majority of Floridians think all of the funds paid out by BP for the oil-spill disaster should come back to the states affected, to clean up the environment.

Steve Murchie, Southeast senior regional outreach coordinator with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), says that as of now some of those funds may remain in Washington, D.C., coffers.

"This is an historically huge blowout, with a correspondingly huge fine, and it's vastly more money than the trust fund needs. It will be a windfall for the U.S. Treasury."

Eighty-four percent of Florida voters and 92 percent of Panhandle voters support a bill approved by a senate committee ensuring that the BP oil spill fines are spent on Gulf restoration.

The poll is timely. Last week, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force issued its final report, recommending that Congress ensure that a "significant portion" of the BP oil spill fines go to restoring the Gulf. NWF spokesman Murchie agrees. 

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