Byrne: Serious Concerns with BP Settlement
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), who represents Alabama’s Gulf Coast, issued the following statement regarding the announced global settlement with BP relating to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Byrne said: “I have serious concerns with today’s announced BP settlement. The oil spill was a real tragedy that directly hit families, businesses, and local governments on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, and that’s why I believe it is critically important the settlement money flow directly to the Gulf Coast, not into other functions of the federal and state government.
“When Congress passed the RESTORE Act, the intention was to create a clear framework to ensure local communities on the Gulf Coast have control over how the money is spent. Unfortunately, this settlement seems to steer money away from the RESTORE Act process and instead put large amounts of the settlement money under control of the federal government.
“Communities on the Gulf Coast are the ones who were directly hit by this tragedy, and it would be a mistake to hand control over the settlement money to the state and federal governments instead of our local coastal communities.”