Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Garret Graves (6th District of Louisiana)
Industry and environmental groups, including Shell and Restore the Mississippi River Delta, are backing the coalition’s efforts.
Louisiana in particular should receive a larger share of offshore revenues because the state has proved that it will put the money toward hurricane protection and coastal restoration, said Simone Maloz, executive director of Restore or Retreat.
“We’ve put our money where our mouth was,” Maloz said. “We’ve been putting it to our coast.”
“It is our continued belief that offshore producing states deserve an equitable share of the revenues and associated benefits from activities which they host, support and sustain,” a statement from Shell said.
It’s unclear what Congress will do. The bill sponsored by Graves and Richmond has no additional sponsors, while the effort to use offshore revenues to tackle the $11 billion maintenance backlog at national parks has more than 300 sponsors.
Graves said putting the money into parks would be short-sighted.
“Diverting Louisiana’s energy revenues away from efforts to improve the resiliency of the people, communities and ecosystems responsible for generating the resources in the first place is a fundamentally flawed approach to addressing the maintenance backlog in national parks,” Graves said in a statement. “Our bill ensures that these increased revenues will be committed to projects that restore the coast, protect our coastal communities from hurricanes and other disaster and, ultimately, reduce our nation’s outrageous disaster response costs.”