Olson Acts to Expedite Study to Protect Texas Gulf Coast from Hurricanes
Washington, DC- Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today joined with his Texas colleagues to expedite a study to protect the Texas Gulf Coast from future hurricanes. Olson is an original cosponsor of H.R. 5897, the Coastal Texas Protection Act, which directs the Army Corps of Engineers to expedite completion of the Coastal Texas Ecosystem Protection and Restoration Feasibility Study (Coastal Texas Study). This study is already in progress to recommend a comprehensive strategy to mitigate damage and reduce flood risks from coastal storms and erosion. This bill also provides a necessary exception for the project under the Coastal Barrier Resources Act so that federal funds can be used for this study.
“Hurricane Harvey has only highlighted the critical urgency for the Coastal Texas Study.” Rep. Olson said. “Houston and the Gulf Coast region can’t wait for a five year study to be completed to determine the best solution to protect our region and our resources. We must make sure that the six million people that call the Texas Gulf Coast home are properly protected from the next hurricane. It’s not just Texas that would be impacted either with the billions of dollars in economic activity that move through our region and would be impacted by a shutdown in the event of another hurricane. I want to thank Rep. Randy Weber and Senator John Cornyn for their leadership on this important issue and urge quick action so this study can be completed as soon as possible.”
The Coastal Texas Protection Act directs the Corps to expedite the completion of the Coastal Texas Study, and provides a necessary exception for the project under the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA). The CBRA restricts the expenditure of federal funds associated with coastal barriers to avoid encouraging development of such barriers. Without this exception, the Coastal Texas Study could face significant delays. Such exceptions have been enacted in the past, most notably for coastal barrier systems in Louisiana.
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