Restore Our Gulf Coast
Our Gulf Coast has suffered from decades of pollution, neglect and reckless development. But with the $1 billion BP is about to pay Texas for the damage done during the Deepwater Horizon spill, Gov. Rick Perry has a chance to restore and preserve our coast.
Our Gulf Coast not only provides our families with places to swim and play in the sun, it is also a home for whooping cranes and sea turtles, shrimp and crabs, snapper and trout. Unfortunately, BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster was only the latest blow to our coastline, which has suffered from decades of neglect, oil spills, pollution and reckless development.
A billion dollar chance
Now, BP is about to pay Texas $1 billion for damage done during the devastating spill, and that money gives us a once-in-a-lifetime chance to shore up our barrier islands, restore our wetlands, protect and preserve wildlife habitat and ensure fresh water for coastal lagoons. But developers and their allies are pushing hard to use the money on things like new roads and convention centers. That’s why we’re teaming up with coastal businesses and sportsmen to make sure Gov. Rick Perry uses the money to restore our coast.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was among the largest in our history, with an estimated 206 million gallons of oil spilled into the fragile ecosystem of the Gulf. And today, the rich habitat for shellfish, crabs, shrimp and birds continues to be harmed by oil spills, pollution and development.
Together, we can restore our coast
We can’t afford to blow this chance to stand up for our coast, but we need more people to speak up if we’re going to counter the influence of the developers. Our staff has been working closely with our allies in the environmental community, coastal businesses and sportsmen organizations, putting the issue out in the media, and getting our members to sign petitions and make calls to Gov. Perry. With your support, we can convince the governor to use the money to protect our coast.
- The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was among the largest in our history, with an estimated 206 million gallons of oil spilled into the fragile ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico.
- Texas has estimated that over one-third of its approximately 1 million acres of coastal marshes have already been lost to development.
- According to the General Land Office, there were 543 oil spills on the Texas coast in 2012—on average, more than one every day.
- The Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (the RESTORE Act) will direct penalties paid by BP toward Gulf Coast restoration.