New Orleans, LA – The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force was established by President Obama after the BP oil spill. It's chaired by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, and includes representatives of all five Gulf states. The panel's executive director John Hankinson previewed the report to the America's Wetland Foundation meeting Houma, saying it could expand to include private partnerships. A member of the commission formed by President Obama to focus on the oil spill says it will be difficult to get the billions needed for projects while financial strains continue in Washington. After the report is posted next week, the public will have three weeks for submitting comments before the report is sent to the White House.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming.