WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 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.” The hearing continues the Committee’s oversight of restoration efforts following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The hearing will seek to assess the ongoing implementation of the 2012 RESTORE Act, and will also touch upon implementation of the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, building upon the Committee’s June 2013 hearing, “Gulf Restoration: A Progress Report Three Years After the Deepwater Horizon Disaster.” Witnesses from the Department of Commerce, Gulf states, and other stakeholders will testify on both the progress made and the challenges faced in Gulf Coast restoration over the last year.
Please note the hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website. Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to automatically begin streaming the webcast.
Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or service, including closed captioning service for the webcast hearing, should contact Stephanie Gamache at 202-224-5511 at least three business days in advance of the hearing date.
Witness Panel 1
The Honorable Bruce H. AndrewsDeputy Secretary of CommerceU.S. Department of Commerce
Mr. Justin EhrenwerthExecutive DirectorRESTORE Council
Ms. Trudy FisherExecutive DirectorMississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Ms. Mimi DrewFormer Secretary, Florida Department of Environmental ProtectionGovernor's Designee to the RESTORE Council
The Honorable Grover C. RobinsonCommissioner, District IV, Escambia CountyPresident, Florida Association of Counties
Mr. Thomas E. KelschSenior Vice President, Gulf Environmental Benefit FundNational Fish and Wildlife Foundation