Mabus suggests some BP oil spill money go to Gulf states

Biloxi Sun-HeraldSeptember 28, 2010 

GULFPORT — Ray Mabus chose the Ken Combs Pier to announce to Mississippi the plan for restoring the Gulf he presented to President Obama today asks Congress to send some of the BP penalty money here.

Mabus is the Secretary of the Navy, but Obama also assigned Mabus the task of overseeing a plan for the Gulf recovery. And Mabus said it recommends asking Congress to send a “significant portion” of the penalty BP will pay for violating The Clean Water Act to the five Gulf states hit hard by the spill.

Otherwise, he said, the money would go to a federal oil-spill trust fund and wait for the next spill.

If things go according to plan, Congress would set up a council with state and federal representation to oversee the money and make sure it goes to the people hurt by the oil spill. The plan also calls for a smaller amount to be sent to the states to manage.

Read the complete story at sunherald.com

McClatchy Washington Bureau is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service