On Tuesday, U.S. federal officials stated that the fines paid for the BP oil disaster, which is the largest fortuitous marine oil spill in the history, should go to the Gulf Coast states for recovering the damages that were caused by the spill.
According to the Clean Water Act, which is focused on reinstating a state that is economically and ecologically affected by a spill, considerable amount of these fines should go to the Gulf Coast states. Further, Ray Mabus, a Navy Secretary who prepared a Gulf Coast recovery plan, highlighted this segment by emphasizing that it should be “a significant amount” of the penalties.
However, Mabus did not indicate what would be the exact amount of the fine that should be dedicated to Gulf and also he did not indicate the total cost of these recovery plans.
Though a U.S. congressman has revealed that the two parties; U.S. Department of Justice Official and the British energy giant were in negotiations over spill penalties, the U.S. Department of Justice official denied that it was a kind of resolution negotiation.
Further, Steve Scalise, a representative of Republican U.S. reported to New Orleans that if the two parties failed to lead the discussion towards a settlement, it would be converted into a court case.
Mabus suggested that a federal Gulf Coast Recovery Council should be established to supervise the utilization of funds in the Gulf Coast recovery process. These funds should be specially used to restore the damages caused to water and wetlands. Besides, it should cover all economic damages while improving tourism, seafood production, as well as the physical and mental health of the affected people.
Moreover, Mabus, who is also a former Governor of Mississippi, which is threatened by the BP oil disaster said, “Congress has to come up with a number”.All ofhis suggestions and recommendations were admired by the global environmental groups.
Controversially, a joint statement of the Environmental Defense Fund, the National Audubon Society and the National Wildlife Federation stated that Mabus is working to accomplish President Obama’s promise to build long-term plans to recreate the Gulf Coast states better than they were prior to the oil spill.
According to the latest estimates, more than 4 million barrels of oil had been spilled into the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico and BP would have to pay approximately $17 billion as penalty.
The seven-member White House commission is working to create proposals for the future of offshore energy drilling accused companies who failed to show cooperation at the time of inquisition of the oil spill.