What’s the Administration Up To?

November 5th, 2010 | Uncategorized |

Recent Washington news has been  dominated by the election, but the Obama Administration has been working  (relatively quietly) to move ahead with their long-term Gulf oil spill response agenda. The National Oil Spill Commission recently released a number of early reports on various aspects of the spill and the government response, including  dispersant use and the ups and downs of the Unified Command response. The Commission holds its fifth meeting next week in Washington, D.C., focused on the causes of the well explosion.

In other Administrative news, the Gulf Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, established last month by Executive Order, will also meet next week. The Task Force holds its inaugural meeting in Pensacola, FL, where EPA Administrator/Task Force Leader Lisa Jackson will oversee a series of sessions, open to the public, on the goals of the Task Force.

Even as public attention wanes, the oil spill crisis goes on for the people and ecosystems of the Gulf, and it’s vital that the Administration stay engaged in the long-term restoration effort. After the Spill will continue to track the government response and ensure that the voice of the faith community is heard on critical environmental and economic justice concerns. As the recent news from the Gulf, and these newly compiled personal testimonials show – yet again – a sustained and sustainable restoration effort is needed to address the oil disaster.