[StBernard] Governor Blanco Calls on Nation to Shore Up America's Energy Coast and Save America's WETLAND

Westley Annis westley at da-parish.com
Tue Aug 1 02:14:29 EDT 2006

Governor Blanco Calls on Nation to Shore Up America's Energy Coast and Save America's WETLAND

State Leaders show Unity Around OCS Revenue Sharing to Ensure for Domestic Energy Security

Governor Blanco and state leaders will gather in New Orleans to address the strategic value the Gulf Coast has for the nation's energy security and independence. As part of the recently launched America's Energy Coast Initiative, Governor Blanco will advocate a broader understanding of the critical need to restore and protect the Gulf Coast, where 80 percent of the oil and natural gas that fuels the United States comes from. Additional topics at the event will include: pending legislation regarding OCS revenue sharing; a new public service announcement supporting America's Energy Coast, a group of states including Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama; and the constitutional amendment mandating that OCS revenues be used for coastal restoration and protection.

The Honorable Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Governor, State of Louisiana The Honorable Randy Roach, Mayor, City of Lake Charles and member of the America's WETLAND Foundation Don Young, Executive Vice President of Ducks Unlimited

Tuesday, August 1, 2006
11:00 am CDT

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Gulf of Mexico Exhibit
1 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Over 80% of the oil and gas that fuels this nation comes from America's Energy Coast. A string of proud states - Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama host abundant energy resources that keep America's economy strong. In the wake of the damage caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, our nation received a "wake-up" call regarding the important role Louisiana's coastal wetlands play in protecting the vital infrastructure that supports the energy and economic security of the United States. Experts agree that a steady stream of revenue for both coastal restoration and protection could secure the future of America's WETLAND and our domestic energy.

The America's WETLAND campaign was launched by the State of Louisiana in order to raise national awareness of the impact the state's wetland loss has on the state, nation and world. By educating the public about the emergency situation created by the state's land loss and the region's world ecological significance and importance to national economic and energy security, the campaign aims to gain support for its efforts to conserve and save coastal Louisiana.

The initiative is supported by a growing coalition of world, national and state conservation and environmental organizations and has drawn private support from businesses that see wetlands protection as a key to economic growth.

To find out more about America's WETLAND: Campaign to Save Coastal Louisiana, visit www.americaswetland.com <http://keelson.eatel.net/websites/la.gov/action.cfm?md=communication&task=addClick&msg_ID=2222&ID=dvi%24etienTn%7E&redirect=http://www.americaswetland.com> .

Additional Media Contact:
Cliff Mintz - 202.416.6116
cm at mcopr.com


The Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation Louisiana's Fund for Louisiana's People www.louisianahelp.org

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