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In This Issue - News From the GCLF June 2011 Newsletter

In This Issue - News From the GCLF June 2011 Newsletter

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In This Issue
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One Senator's Plan
Senator MaryLandrieu WantsNonprofits inBP ClaimsProcess -Hearings ForHealth,ComplaintsFrom Spill
Volume I June 2011 
 Welcome to the inaugural newsletter of the Gulf CoastLeadership Forum, a new independent organization dedicatedto empowering a healthy and economically vibrant U.S. Gulf Coast! Each issue of the newsletter will provide you with Gulf Coast news, our accomplishments, and our plans for thefuture. Please send us your comments and feedback so wecan grow together!
Gulf Coast Leadership Forum DisputesFeinberg Claims That There Are NoHealth Problems From Oil Spill
New Orleans - June 8, 2011. TheGulf Coast Leadership Forum isdisputing assertions from Gulf Coast Claims Facility Czar KennethFeinberg that Gulf Coast residentsare not experiencing medicaldifficulties from last year's BP oilspill and the subsequent use of toxic dispersants.On Monday, Feinberg told
Louisiana lawmakers that he hasn't seen any medicallinkage of the oil and dispersants and health problems.
"This assertion is nonsense," said Gulf CoastLeadership Forum Chairman William Loiry. "Medicalevidence from Florida to Texas indicates that at least100,000 Americans are suffering health problems as aresult of the oil spill and the toxic dispersants. Thenumber could be much higher. This is a nationaltragedy which must be addressed openly andtruthfully."
Feinberg was a featured speaker at the Gulf CoastLeadership Summit in April, convened by the Gulf Coast Leadership Forum. The Summit included generalsessions on Gulf Coast health and the environment aswell as a general session on the concerns of Gulf Coastresidents. Numerous Gulf Coast residents spoke abouttheir medical difficulties arising from the oil spill anddispersants and told Feinberg during the Summit'sconcluding General Session about their healthproblems.
Subsequently, the U.S. Department of Health andHuman Services has asked the Gulf Coast LeadershipForum to help it provide training to doctors andmedical facilities throughout the Gulf Coast to respondto the increasing oil-related medical crisis.
In addition, the Gulf Coast Leadership Forum will beorganizing a major conference on the Gulf Coast healthcrisis and is working with Silicon Valley to develop adatabase to track individual medical cases related tothe oil and dispersants.
Kenneth Feinberg
Dr. RobertThomas of Loyola Sevedas ModeratorAttorneyDaniel BecnelOffers FreeLegal ServicesDr. AlyssaDausman onbehalf of EPA'sGulf CoastEcosystem TaskForceDr. Charles Allen,IIIExecutive DirectorMandi ThompsonDiscusses GCLFInitiativesSt. Bernard ParishPresident CraigTaffaro ProvidesKeynote Address
Briefing Highlights $1 Billion for CoastalRestoration
Responding to BP's $1 billioncontribution for coastal restoration,the Gulf Coast Leadership Forumconvened the Coastal RestorationFinancing Briefing on May 10, 2011at Tulane University in NewOrleans.Dr. Alyssa Dausman, representing the Gulf Coast EcosystemRestoration Task Force, provided an overview of new coastalrestoration programs and financing. St. Bernard ParishPresident Craig Taffaro provided the Keynote Address. AndDr. Robert Thomas, Director of Loyola University's Center forEnvironmental Communication, served as moderator.Other speakers included Mark Wingate from the U.S. ArmyCorps of Engineers; Windell Curole, Executive Director, SouthLafourche Levee District; Trudy Fisher, Executive Director,Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality; KeithWilkins, Deputy Bureau Chief, Community & EnvironmentBureau, Escambia County, Florida; Nicholas Matherne,Director, Office of Coastal Restoration & Preservation,Terrebonne Parish; Charles E. Allen, III, Director, Coastal andEnvironmental Affairs, City of New Orleans; Marnie Winter,Director, Environmental Affairs, Jefferson Parish; John Lopez,Acting Director, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation; andDavid Doss, State Director for U.S. Senator David Vitter.Attorney Daniel E. Becnel, Jr. announced that his firm isproviding free services to help companies and organizationswin coastal restoration contracts.
of Gulf CoastLeadership Summit
The inaugural Gulf Coast LeadershipSummit, held April 18 21, 2011 in NewOrleans, provided an invaluable serviceto New Orleans and residents of the U.S.Gulf Coast:
The Summit brought together hundreds of business,government, nonprofit, and community leaders todiscuss specific strategies to empower a healthy andeconomically vibrant Gulf Coast.
Senator Bob Graham and Members of the National OilSpill Commission pushed for implementation of regulations which would help prevent another oil spilldisaster.
Ken Feinberg promised nonprofit organizations that hewould look into reimbursing them for servicesrendered to Gulf Coast residents affected by the oilspill.
Senator Mary Landrieu promised Gulf Coast residentsthat she would make their oil spill-related healthconcerns a major priority.
And Senator Landrieu used the Summit's Concluding
General Session to announce BP's $1 billioncontribution for Gulf Coast coastal recovery.More than 700 leaders and residents participated in thevarious events of the Summit, which included numerousgeneral sessions, a town hall meeting, press conferences andinterviews, networking events, receptions, and a solutionsexpo.Dozens of speakers made powerful presentations on a widerange of Gulf Coast topics, including pending oil spill
regulations, the impact of the oil spill on communities,speeding the oil spill compensation process, health
Cynthia Sartou,GRN, Presents atthe SummitCongressmanJoseph Cao at VIPReceptionDavid FreedmanAddressesSummitDr. Wilma Subra talksHealthcare at thesummitWilliam Loiry withfriendsBilly NungesserPlaqueminesParish Presidentperspectives, environmental and coastal restoration, cleanenergy, and economic development. Speakers included
Senator Bob Graham, Co-Chairman of the National Oil SpillCommission; U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu; U.S. Rep. CedricRichmond; U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise; Gulf Coast Claims FacilityAdministrator Kenneth Feinberg; attorney Daniel E. Becnel,Jr.; Louisiana State Senator A.G. Crowe; Plaquemines ParishPresident Billy Nungesser; Jefferson Parish President JohnYoung; Orange Beach, Alabama Mayor Tony Kennon;Escambia County, Florida Commissioner Grover Robinson;Entergy CEO Charles Rice; Alabama Coastal RecoveryCommission Chairman Ricky Mathews; Gulf RestorationNetwork Executive Director Cynthia Sarthou; LSU School of Pubic Health Dean Elizabeth Fontham; and dozens of otherleaders.Local, regional, national, and international media coverage of the Summit was substantial.
Gulf Coast Leadership Forum Initiatives
Our Solutions for a Successful Future
What the Gulf Coast LeadershipForum does is empower a healthyand economically vibrant U.S. Gulf Coast. We facilitate solutions. Oursolutions for success include:
Making the Gulf Coast health crisis a national priority,so that sick Americans can get the medical helpthey deserve.
Emphasizing the recommendations of the National OilSpill Commission, so that we do not repeat the BP oildisaster.
Facilitating strategies to protect the Gulf Coast fromfuture man-made and natural disasters.
Helping companies and organizations win coastalrestoration contracts.
Creating new jobs by empowering new Gulf Coastindustries, such as clean energy
"If the purpose of the Gulf Coast Leadership Summit was to be theremier event of the first anniversary of the Macondo tragedy, then youhave exceeded your aspirations. It was attended by the people most involved, focused their attention onnot just the event itself, but what steps are needed to mitigate arepetition, and was engaging for all.
Senator Bob Graham
National Oil Spill Commission
April 22, 2011
 ChairmanWilliam Loirywith SummitKeynoteSpeakerSenator BobGraham

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