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Graham says Gulf is safer since spill, but needs restoration

By on April 19th, 2013

Saturday marks the third anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Oil Spill Commission Action issued its annual report card Wednesday. The report stated that the Gulf  of Mexico is a safer than three years go, but there are still important things to do.

The Oil Spill Commission Action is an umbrella organization of President Obama’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.

Bob Graham, the co-chair of the president’s commission, said the restoration of the Gulf of Mexico will be beneficial to Florida.

He said they hope to return the Gulf and its resources that it contributed to all the Gulf state to its previous quality within the next 20 or 30 years.

“The consequence of not achieveing a success restoration is enormous,” Graham said.

The Gulf was in trouble for a long time before the oil spill in 2010, he said.

He said their recommendation to legislators to re-extend 80 percent of the fine money from the spill on the restoration of  the Gulf was accepted. Now they’re developing a plan for restoration.

He suggested people be prepare for the long process to get the necessary resources for the restoration.

Graham said the estimated $10 billion to $15 billion is a good down payment for the restoration but it is not going to complete the job.

“That doesn’t mean that there will not be another incident; this is a risky business,” Graham said in a press release. “But we do see real progress. Our major concern is that, though Congress did pass the RESTORE Act to provide resources for Gulf Coast restoration, on other critical reforms Congress has done little.”

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20, 2010. Eleven members of the crew were killed and millions of barrels of oil flowed into the Gulf, damaging natural resources and the Gulf Coast economy.

Audreyanna Loguerre wrote this story online.


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