On Monday, September 10 President Barack Obama signed the executive order that will get BP oil leak fines moving to Louisiana and other Gulf Coastal states damaged by the massive oil leak of two years ago.
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, still in formation, will decide where the money is most needed for coastal restoration.
In 2007 Congress passed the Louisiana Coastal Area Ecosystem Restoration Act, but never funded it. It was an attempt on the part of Louisiana to focus restoration efforts on the most critical areas. Congress has yet to fund the project, though President Obama as for $16 million in his 2012 budget request. Louisiana is finally moving ahead, using funds it as set aside as its sharing of financing the work.
Some of the work, in Lake Hermitage, will be done using BP oil money.