Gulf Restoration Lobby Pushing For Funds; Researchers Checking Gulf For Oil

New Orleans, La. – Foundation chairman King Milling wants the current lame-duck Congress to dedicate "a significant portion" of any fines BP pays for Clean Water Act violations to Gulf restoration. He writes in a letter to the president that with holiday recess approaching, and little compromise expected in the new year, now is the best time to secure help for the region hit hard by the oil spill. Meantime, the public has a chance to monitor damage done to the sea floor by the BP spill. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is launching a nine-day underwater mission to document reports of oil in the Gulf. It will check on damaged reefs seven miles from the busted well where last month scientists found oil had settled. The expedition is posting its finding each day on the Woods Hole website. Teams will also pick up samples of animals and sediment for research.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming