Revisiting the RESTORE Act: Progress and Challenges in Gulf Restoration Post-Deepwater Horizon, Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, One Hundred and Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, July 29, 2014   [open pdf - 2MB]

This testimony compilation is from the July 29, 2014 hearing on "Revisiting the RESTORE Act: Progress and Challenges in Gulf Restoration Post-Deepwater Horizon," held before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. From the statement of Bruce H. Andrews: "In response to the oil spill, and building on prior efforts to help ensure the long-term restoration and recovery of the Gulf Coast region, several large scale restoration initiatives have begun, including work under the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act); the Natural Resources Damage Assessment process; and projects through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. While each process is subject to different requirements for investing resources and each is overseen and managed by a unique set of governance arrangements, funding from all of these efforts will be directed to Gulf restoration. […] The Department of Commerce, along with our state and federal partners, plays an important role in each of these initiatives. We understand the importance of and are committed to coordination across these Gulf restoration initiatives and will work closely with our partners to advance common goals, reduce duplication, and maximize the benefits to the Gulf Coast region. We recognize this unique and unprecedented opportunity to implement a coordinated Gulf regionwide restoration effort in a way that restores and protects the Gulf Coast environment, reinvigorates local economies, and creates jobs in the Gulf region. Our goal and commitment is not simply to address the damage caused by the spill - it is to enhance the long term environmental health and economic prosperity of the Gulf Coast region for generations."

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