Victories for a Healthy Gulf

Over the past few months, GRN was able to achieve several important victories. As usual, we couldn’t have done this important work without our supporters.Check them out here:Coast Over Coal: On December 23, 2014, a state judge responded to a lawsuit filed by GRN and our partners by revoking RAM Terminal’s coastal use permit for a proposed coal export facility in Plaquemines Parish, LA. Weeks later, the Plaquemines Parish Council voted to deny RAM a key construction permit. These decisions dealt a major blow to RAM’s plan to build a dirty coal export terminal adjacent to a coastal restoration site. However, RAM is still trying to build its coal export terminal – we’ll keep you abreast of opportunities to get involved. Restoration Dollars to Help Bluefin: In a win-win for bluefin tuna and fishermen! The Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees tasked with disbursing early restoration dollars from the BP disaster announced a proposal in April to help Gulf longline fishermen transition to more sustainable fishing gear that reduces the accidental catch of non-target species like bluefin tuna.Protecting Wetlands in Washington Parish: After hearing from hundreds of GRN supporters and Florida parish residents, the Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit on June 24th for a plan to dam the Boga Lusa Creek – preventing a 1,000 acres of wetlands, the creek itself and historic cemeteries from being destroyed.BP Settlement and Restoration Priority List: In July, BP and the other parties involved announced a universal settlement in principle for damages from the 2010 drilling disaster of $18.7 billion.To read about other GRN victories, click here. Shona Clarkson is GRN’s Communications Specialist.

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