Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published June 24, 2011


U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, will convene a hearing to review the status of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), including an examination of research findings to date and the successes and shortcomings of the NRDA process. In its oversight role, the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee works to ensure that the ongoing NRDA process, including implementation of restoration projects, is accurate, thorough, transparent, and results in a comprehensive accounting of both short- and long-term effects of the spill. The Subcommittee will receive testimony from federal representatives, independent researchers and states within the spill-affected area.

· WHO: Senator Ben Cardin to Chair Senate EPW Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife hearing, “Status of the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment”

WHEN: Tuesday, June 28 at 10:00 AM

· WHERE: EPW Hearing Room
SD-406 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC

Webcast will be available at <> starting at 10:00 AM ET

WITNESSES: (Order subject to change)

Panel I:

Ms. Cynthia Dohner, Regional Director, Southeast Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Mr. Tony Penn, Deputy Chief of the Assessment and Restoration Division, Office of Response and Restoration, NOAA

Panel II:

Dr. Donald Boesch, Ph.D., Professor of Marine Science and President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Member of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling

Dr. Margaret Leinen, Ph.D., Vice-Chair of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Research Board, Executive Director of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Associate Provost for Marine and Environmental Initiatives at Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Erik Rifkin, Ph.D., Interim Executive Director, National Aquarium Conservation Center, National Aquarium
Mr. Garret Graves, Chair, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Mr. R. Cooper Shattuck, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the NRDA Trustee Council, Legal Advisor to Governor of Alabama

If you would like a seat saved for you, please notify Senate Press Gallery know, and email Nathan McCray at <> . Please note that media are required to display current Senate press credentials. In order to guarantee that a seat can be saved, please plan to arrive promptly, prior to the scheduled start time of the hearing. Television producers should contact the Senate Radio and TV Gallery in advance if possible to ensure that we’re ready to accommodate you.