NEW ORLEANS, April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster a few days away, the Women of the Storm, a coalition of women from Texas to Florida, strongly urge all Gulf Coast senators to endorse the Landrieu/Vitter legislation to allocate 80% of BP fine dollars for Gulf Coast restoration.
Two weeks ago we walked the halls of Congress with a focused mantra to urge allocation of BP fine dollars to our region. Today, our message is directed to our Gulf Coast senators.
"Without a shared vision by our ten regional senators to return these dollars to the five Gulf Coast states... billions of fine dollars will wash away into the federal treasury," said Anne Milling, founder of Women of the Storm. "Indeed, this has been a catastrophic event for our region but it is also an opportunity to restore an area vital to America... its national security, commerce, recreation and culture. Investing in this area of our country with non-tax dollars now will pay dividends to our children and grandchildren."
Casi Calloway, Alabama Women of the Storm member and executive director of Mobile Baykeeper, said, "This environmental disaster had huge economic ramifications for our communities. Bringing back 80% of the clean water act fines to the communities that were impacted will be a major step toward much needed recovery."
SOURCE Women of the Storm