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What Can You Do To Protect Our Wetlands?

Wednesday, 29 February 2012 09:17

Here's a hint: it won't cost you a dime and will only take five minutes to make your voice heard.wetlandsatdawn_350px

02.29.12 - The Gulf Coast and the Mississippi River Delta provide habitat for as many as 15 million ducks and geese during the winter.  Unfortunately, the BP oil spill sent more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and affected more than a thousand miles of the Gulf Coast—the heart of this vital wintering habitat.

BP and the other responsible companies will end up paying billions in penalties for their role in the disaster. This money should not become a windfall for the Federal Treasury, but should be used to restore the Gulf Coast.

Last summer, Drake Waterfowl co-founder and co-owner Tate Wood went to Washington D.C. to discuss this and other issues close to waterfowl hunters’ hearts with his Senators and Representatives. 

Now it’s time for waterfowl hunters across America to speak up.

Congress is on the verge of passing legislation that would dedicate money from BP’s oil spill fines to restoring the Gulf and its waterfowl habitats, but your Senators need to hear from you.
Waterfowl hunters recently got some promising news when the House of Representatives passed amendment dedicating money from BP’s oil spill fines to Gulf restoration. The House’s recent move sets up the Senate to pass a similar bill called the RESTORE Act that has important language directing how this money should be used.VanishingParadise

The Senate needs to act soon. BP is working on a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice to settle the criminal and civil claims from the Gulf oil disaster. But if a settlement is reached before the RESTORE Act is passed, money from BP’s fines could be funneled straight into the Treasury and not end up being used to restore the Gulf Coast and the Mississippi River Delta.


Vanishing Paradise has made it easy to contact your state representatives.  Click the link below to ask them to protect the Mississippi River Delta and Gulf Coast waterfowl habitat.
Hunters and anglers are America’s original conservationists. Please urge Congress to dedicate BP’s oil spill fines to Gulf restoration today!

 

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