Vot­ers fa­vor fed­eral spill aid

Los Angeles Times - - The Nation -

GULF COAST

Most vot­ers in Gulf Coast states be­lieve the fed­eral govern­ment should take steps to re­store the health of a re­gion still reel­ing from Amer­ica’s largest off­shore oil spill, ac­cord­ing to a poll by a coali­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal, anti-poverty and fish­ing groups.

The poll, funded by the Wal­ton Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, also found that 72% of vot­ers polled in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mis­sis­sippi and Texas said they’d be more likely to vote for mem­bers of Congress if they sup­port “fund­ing to re­store the en­vi­ron­men­tal health of the gulf.”

Nearly 8 out of 10 sup­port the cre­ation of a fund for the re­gion that in­cludes penalty pay­ments from BP for vi­o­lat­ing the Clean Wa­ter Act and the Oil Pol­lu­tion Act.

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