U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard will hold a hearing on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. titled, “Revisiting the RESTORE Act: Progress and Challenges in Gulf Restoration Post-Deepwater Horizon.” More, including link for live broadcast, at http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Hearings&ContentRecord_id=fdfbde77-d1f4-45a4-befc-c906faeec3bc
Register now (deadline is Jul 13) for AIBS Biological Sciences Congressional Districts visits– http://www.aibs.org/public-policy/congressional_district_visits.html
Most recent White House budgets at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/Overview
Treasury Regulations (proposed rule) for RESTORE Act draft on-line for public feedback at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/09/06/2013-21595/gulf-coast-restoration-trust-fund
Capitol Hill Oceans Week agenda (June 4-6, 2013) with videos from sessions and presentations at http://nmsfocean.org/chow-2013-agenda; includes presentation by Dr. Larry McKinney’s, Harte Res. Inst. Director and GOMURC Board member from TX, entitled “Reducing Risks to People and Nature: Updates from the Gulf of Mexico” (http://www.nmsfocean.org/files/McKinney.pdf).
Deepwater Horizon oil spill 3-year progress update led by federal and state panels and Chaired by Senators Nelson and Wicker; June 6 hearing to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation archived podcast at http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Hearings&ContentRecord_id=02200024-8f04-429f-bd1f-038e8597a0d9&ContentType_id=14f995b9-dfa5-407a-9d35-56cc7152a7ed&Group_id=b06c39af-e033-4cba-9221-de668ca1978a. NOTE– Meeting begins at 40 mins into podcast (move slider at bottom to this start point).
RESTORE Act programs to receive funding from DWH Oil Spill settlements and litigation on hold awaiting Department of Treasury regulations including “procedures for depositing amounts in and expending amounts from the Trust Fund including procedures for determining compliance and auditing requirements of programs and activities established under the RESTORE Act.” Office of the Inspector General Read More
White House press release regarding National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan at http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/Press_Releases/April_16_2013
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM) prepares environmental documents on various actions related to the OCS Program including Environmental Assessments (EA’s) or Environmental Impact Statements (EIS’s)– http://www.boem.gov/nepaprocess/.
As the Gulf Coast Restoration Council continues with its public hearings in Gulf States this month to inform the comprehensive restoration plan, it is important for people to be heard through their written and public comments; the Environmental Law Institute has useful guidelines for these comments at http://eli-ocean.org/gulf/participation/.