As Congress neared adjournment, a bill to provide Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states a share of oil and gas royalties to restore wetlands faced an uncertain fate. At press time, the House had not yet voted on the bill, which cleared the Senate earlier. The measure would open more of the Outer Continental Shelf to energy drilling. Initially it would divide about $100 million a year for wetlands work among four states, rising to $1 billion a year, starting in 2017.
Bill with Coastal Restoration Funds Is Pending
December 11, 2006