The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works committee approved a bipartisan bill to dedicate fines paid by BP and other parties responsible for last year's Gulf of Mexico oil disaster to Gulf Coast restoration.
"This is a victory for common sense," said Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold; "You break it, you buy it - and BP's recklessness should be turned into a long-term benefit for America's Gulf Coast. The region has been punished enough. It's time to rebuild the wetlands, the river systems and the way of life that is an American treasure. Now it's up to Congress to pass this bipartisan measure that restores our precious natural resources and creates and protects American jobs."