Landrieu Urges Incident Commander and BP to Ensure Louisiana’s Universities Lead Oil Spill Relief Efforts

June 14, 2010

WASHINGTON — In a letter sent today, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., urged Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen and BP CEO Tony Hayward to ensure that Louisiana’s universities lead the research efforts regarding the environmental impact of the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

On May 24th, BP announced a commitment of up to $500 million for independent research on the impact of the recent oil spill on the marine and shoreline environment of the Gulf of Mexico.

“Louisiana’s universities have the skill and the particular expertise to address the impacts on Louisiana’s ecosystem,” Sen. Landrieu wrote in the letter. “Louisiana’s marshes and coastline are unique to the United States and the state’s universities are well-suited to address the environmental degradation, which is one of the nation’s most pronounced ecological disasters. Louisiana’s universities should be the lead researchers on this effort and I hope they will not be overlooked as you put the $500 million to use.”

For the entire text of the letter, please visit: http://landrieu.senate.gov/mediacenter/upload/10.06.14_Letter.pdf

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