COA will be attending Congressman Frank Pallone’s press event today to call to stop the weakening of offshore drilling regulations and to defend and protect our oceans.
In addition, COA is concerned that the efforts to assess the impacts and costs of the Deepwater Horizon disaster may be underestimated given the challenges involved and complexity of the task. The government is proceeding with the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process, which uses scientific and economic studies to identify injuries to natural resources and lost public uses that have resulted from the spill. As part of this process, the government also works to develop a plan to restore the damages to these public resources, which is then implemented and monitored for its effectiveness.
COA is concerned about the lack of data that has been made available to date and lack of meaningful public participation in the NRDA process, as explained in more detail by the non-profit Natural Resource Defense Council here.
For more information, the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) has created an Online Clearinghouse for Education & Networking: Oil Interdisciplinary Learning (OCEAN-OIL): www.oceanoil.org , which includes a compilation of resources on the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
* Databases - Statistics, technical diagrams, maps, and other data