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TCEQ Commissioner Toby Baker Announces Four RESTORE Act Listening Sessions

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 - Giving the public the opportunity to comment on Gulf Coast restoration projects funded from penalties imposed in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill
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TCEQ Commissioner Toby Baker, the Texas designee to the federal RESTORE Council, is hosting four listening sessions along the coast this month, to give the public an opportunity to comment on the implementation of the federal RESTORE Act and the distribution of RESTORE funds stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Monday, September 14
Galveston
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
A&M Galveston
Classroom Laboratory Building (CLB)
Building 3007, Room 100 (Auditorium)
200 Seawolf Parkway
Galveston, TX 77553

Tuesday, September 15
Beaumont
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Lamar University
University Theater Building
Beaumont, TX 77705

Monday, September 28
Brownsville
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
UT Brownsville
El Gran Salon
One West University Blvd
Brownsville, TX 78520

Tuesday, September 29
Corpus Christi
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
A&M Corpus Christi
University Center, Anchor Ballroom A&B
6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412

These listening sessions represent a significant and exciting next step in our implementation of the RESTORE Act in Texas,” said Commissioner Baker. “We have worked hard to develop a priorities document that fulfills the purpose and spirit of the Act, and we now welcome the public’s input.  With your help, we will make sure that this unique opportunity to restore the economic and environmental health of the Texas coast does not go to waste.”

The public is invited to comment on the priorities document posted on the RestoreTheTexasCoast.org website Exit the TCEQ. The website also has a link to the framework document that has been developed to facilitate the discussion of the implementation of the RESTORE Act in Texas.

In addition to receiving comments at the listening sessions, written comments will be accepted until Oct. 9 on the website.

Input from the public will be used to develop scoring criteria for the RESTORE project selection process.  That scoring criteria will be posted on the website when a call for RESTORE-funded projects is announced, as well as included in the Request for Grant Applications (RFGA).

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