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Federal Panel Moves Morganza-to-the-Gulf Report Toward Final Approval

By Morganza Action Coalition

May 6, 2013

 

(Houma) - Morganza Action Coalition (MAC) President Sharon Bergeron issued the following statement today on the May 3 vote by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Senior Review Panel to release the project’s final draft Post-Authorization Change (PAC) Report for federal and state agency comment:

“Terrebonne and Lafourche Parish residents have waited for more than five years for this PAC report to be compiled and finalized. We are pleased to finally see that the end is near and are hopeful that the Corps will deliver a Chief’s Report and Environmental Record of Decision by their promised July deadline,” says Bergeron. 

“In the meantime, our eyes are focused on this year’s WRDA bill, which will provide the re-authorization we desperately need in order to seek funding for the federal Morganza project.  The Morganza Action Coalition is working closely with our very supportive Congressional delegation to ensure that the Administration supports Morganza’s re-authorization and that the project remains in the WRDA bill as it moves through the Congressional process,” she continues.

“Terrebonne Parish is an economic engine for this entire nation; protecting us protects significant American energy and seafood resources. While our Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District proceeds with the first lift of levees and floodgates along the Morganza alignment, we continue to demand federal support for this hurricane protection system that our community needs and deserves,” Bergeron concludes.

U.S. Senator David Vitter recently added language in the 2013 WRDA bill that authorizes the updated Morganza-to-the-Gulf Hurricane Protection Project at $10.3 billion.

 

 

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