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Talkin' Pets News

September 16, 2017

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Eileen Smulson Founder & Director of Operation Blankets of Love will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 9/16/2017 at 5pm EST to discuss their efforts to help victims of Huricanes Harvey & Irma and the fires on the West Coast

The Scooter Brown Band will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 9/16/2017 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away his new CD

 
 
 BATON ROUGE, LA - The America's WETLAND Foundation (AWF) today called the elimination of  Gulf of  Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) funds in the President's budget crippling to coastal  restoration efforts in Louisiana.
 
 President Trump's budget cancels the agreement that gives coastal energy producing states a share 
 of revenues received by the Federal government through royalties from Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)  oil and gas leases. In Louisiana, these funds are constitutionally dedicated to restore disappearing  wetlands that protect the nationally critical energy infrastructure and economic and environmental  assets the country depends upon and are a crucial piece of the funding puzzle to carry out the state's  coastal master plan.
 
 "The fight for a share of OCS revenues was long and, finally, real dollars through GOMESA would  begin coming to the state next year. Louisiana's coast is disappearing at an alarming rate and if this  budget stands, it will put one of America's most essential estuarine areas at even greater risk," AWF  Senior Advisor Sidney Coffee said. "Losing this important source of funding would be devastating to  Louisiana's efforts to salvage the very coastline that benefits the entire country." 
 
 Val Marmillion, AWF managing director, said, "GOMESA shares revenues with states that serve the  nation and the public interest by hosting offshore energy production and finances restoration due to  impacts on communities and natural environments. It is simply wrong to cut these revenues and 
 upend state plans to work cooperatively to restore America's Wetland that provides environmental  services to the country's largest port system, its fisheries, and network of pipelines that transport oil  and gas to every part of the U.S.  How can this Administration talk about shoring up our nation's  infrastructure and then demolish funds to do just that in critical asset areas?" 
 
 For more than 15 years, AWF has called on national leaders to seriously consider the argument for a  strong economy tied to energy development from a healthy Louisiana coast. A sound case can be  made that what is essential to the regional economy is also critical for saving a vast ecosystem that is  being lost. Without a significant and immediate drive for restoration, environmental services and  species will be lost to an ill-informed budgetary process.
 
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The America's WETLAND Foundation manages the largest, most comprehensive public education campaign in Louisiana's history, raising public awareness of the impact of Louisiana's wetland loss on the state, nation and world. The initiative is supported by a growing coalition of world, national and state conservation and environmental organizations and has drawn private support from businesses that see wetlands protection as a key to economic growth. For more information, visit  www.americaswetland.com.