|Key Coastal Communities||Tampa|
|Committees||Energy & Commerce, Budget|
|Quote||“One of my top priorities since the disaster [BP's Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster in 2010] has been to work to return the Gulf of Mexico, its communities and related small businesses to better than they were before the blowout. Part of the effort is implementation of the new RESTORE Act, a law that directs 80 percent of fines and penalties paid by BP to restoring the Gulf Coast. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dramatically improve the environmental and economic vitality of the Gulf of Mexico as well as related communities and businesses. Any additional fines imposed by today’s ruling, which could be up to $17.6 billion, will be appropriately directed to this restoration effort thanks to the RESTORE Act passed by Congress in 2012.”|
Leadership: As a member of the Hillsborough County Commission, Representative Kathy Castor worked tirelessly to protect endangered coastal wetlands. In Congress she continues this fight by supporting initiatives that promote a healthy environment and clean water. Representative Castor introduced H.R 1091 (Save Our Shores Act of 2009) as one of her first acts in the 110th Congress. This legislation addresses the ever-worsening problem of harmful algal blooms (in particular, "red tides") that impact fisheries, recreation and tourism, and human health. Rep. Castor introduced H.R 1091 (Save Our Shores Act of 2009) as one of her first acts in the 110th Congress. This legislation addresses the ever-worsening problem of harmful algal blooms (in particular, "red tides") that impact fisheries, recreation and tourism, and human health. She also introduced H.R. 5861 (Florida Coastal Protection Act of 2010) and H.R. 480 (Gulf of Mexico Economic and Environmental Restoration Act of 2011), which promote healthy coastal and marine ecosystems and responsible development. Representative Castor is also an outspoken opponent of lifting the moratorium on offshore drilling. She opposed the proposal to drill for oil off the Florida coast saying, "New oil drilling near the Florida beaches is a threat to jobs and Florida's economy. We cannot allow oil rigs to be erected within miles of Florida's beautiful shoreline." Representative Castor is also a member of the House Oceans Caucus.
For more on Representative Castor's views on the environment, click here.
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