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LA legislatures work for Gulf Coast restoration

BATON ROUGE, LA (KSLA) – Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu and Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise has begun working on new legislation for restoration of the state's Gulf Coast.

The new law Landrieu and Scalise are working on is aimed at getting money from British Petroleum, (BP) to pay for Coastal Restoration.

Sen. Landrieu and Congressman Scalise want at least 80 percent of BP's paid fines dedicated to rebuilding the Louisiana coast.

"And our message to the country is, the injury occurred here, the pollution occurred here and the response and recovery should be directed here to the Gulf Coast," said Sen. Landrieu.

The bill is called the Gulf Coast Restoration Act.

Currently the clean water act DOES spell out specifically how much a fine would be for some who spilled oil, but Scalise says it DOES NOT say where the money would go beyond a small percentage.


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