|Restore or Retreat Executive Committee|
Mike Plaisance, President
Plaisance Dragline and Dredging
Ted M. Falgout and Associates
Robert Naquin, Treasurer
Henri Boulet, Secretary
LA 1 Coalition
Apache Louisiana Minerals
Duval, Funderburk, Sundbery, Lovell and Watkins
Dr. John J. Jones, Jr.
February 24- 1:30pm
Oyster Advisory Committee
Master Plan Comments Due
|ROR received a generous donation from the Fourchon Oilman's Association, who held a tremendous inaugural event!!|
|SCIA Director Jane Arnette and ROR ED Simone Maloz met with Congressman Scalise on a business trip to DC at the end of 2011.||
Master Plan Comment Deadline Draws Near
The plan is available at www.coastalmasterplan.la.gov, and comments are due February 25.
After the devastating hurricanes of 2005, the Louisiana Legislature passed Act 8 to combine hurricane protection and restoration efforts within the State, and asked the first-ever Master Plan for coastal Louisiana be crafted, which was completed in 2007. To account for the dynamic nature of our coast, a five-year update of the plan was also established, and in early January, this five-year update was released.
The 2012 plan builds upon the conceptual nature of the 2007 plan by providing a more detailed suite of projects coastwide. The selection of projects is based on a two-year analysis involving some of the state's best scientists, as well as national and international specialists. The plan includes 145 "high performing" projects the State believes can deliver measurable benefits to our communities and coastal ecosystem over the coming decades, with a price tag of $50 billion.
What is included, and not included, in the 2012 plan is critical to the future of the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins. Please invest in our community's future by reviewing the plan and providing comments to the State.
The public comment period ends on Saturday, February 25, and comments may be submitted:
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana
450 Laurel Street, Suite 1200
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4027
via Email: MasterPlan@la.gov
Contact OCPR: 225-342-4123
After February 25, the CPRA will continue to review and revise the plan as necessary. The document will then be presented to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority at their March 21 meeting, and the final plan will be submitted to the Louisiana Legislature for their approval on March 26.
Time is Running Out on the RESTORE ACT
This critical piece of legislation to dedicate 80% of Gulf Coast fines has stalled in Washington.
Under current law, BP and others responsible for the 2010 oil spill will pay a Clean Water Act (CWA) penalty for each barrel of oil spilled into the Gulf. Without action from Congress, these fines will go to unrelated federal spending, instead of repairing the area damaged by the spill.
The Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunity, and Revived Economies of the Gulf States Act, or RESTORE Act, creates an essential framework to manage and finance the Gulf Coast recovery. Using 80% of the CWA penalties from the Gulf oil disaster, the RESTORE Act establishes a trust account to restore both the economic and environmental health of the Gulf Coast.
Two official reports on the spill - one conducted by Navy Secretary and former Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus, the other from the bipartisan National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling - recommended that CWA penalties be dedicated to Gulf Coast restoration.
Despite great efforts from the Louisiana delegation, the legislation has stalled in Congress, but there are two upcoming opportunities for passage before the election cycle begins full swing...here is more information on the RESTORE Act, and ways you can help:
RESTORE Act Summary
Vanishing Paradise- Make a Call for the Gulf
Women of the Storm Facebook Page with Senate contact info
Gulf Coast lawmakers push for RESTORE Act- Montgomery Advertiser
Cassidy Urges House Leadership to Support Louisiana's Coastal Restoration
Thank you for your continuous support for our organization!
Restore or Retreat, Inc.