As part of the ongoing fight for justice following the BP disaster, Alliance Institute has been at the forefront of assuring that residents of the gulf coast region have a voice in the federal decisions being made for recovery. Partnering with the Gulf Coast Fund and the Gulf Restoration Network, Alliance Institute helped to sponsor two trips to Washington DC to push for local considerations, as put forth in the document "One Gulf, Resilient Gulf," to be included in the conversations around the Restore Act – a piece of legislation that would direct 80% of Clean Water Act fines to the states of the Gulf Coast for recovery efforts. On April 18, 2012 the House of Representatives followed the Senate in passing the legislation. The fight is not over, as we must now clear the White House.
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On December 1, 2010 Alliance Institute and other organizations working on Gulf Coast recovery met with a Senior Associate for the Clinton Global Initiative's Environment and Energy Task Force. A part of President Clinton's work world-wide, the task force is looking at America's gulf coast following the 2005 hurricane season and the BP oil drilling disaster.
One of the few projects focused on the United States this was a unique opportunity to help provide the voice of those most impacted by the disasters. During the meeting, we discussed coastal restoration, the need for greater access to health care, continued monitoring, as well as sustainable recovery and community oversight during all of these processes.
We discussed the opportunity for us to share our concerns and suggest our solutions to the full body of the task force over the coming months. We also talked about the possibility of organizations from the region participating as partners in 2011, when they once again open the doors for applications. This marks an important step towards getting the voice of the gulf heard by key decision makers in both government and business. Also in attendance were Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health, Gulf Restoration Network, Community Foundation of South Alabama, Bridge the Gulf, and Louisiana BayouKeepers.