Shea-Porter Announces $275,000 Grant for UNH Oil Spill Response Research
WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today announced that the UNH Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC) will receive $275,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct research into new approaches to oil spill response and mitigation.
“The University of New Hampshire’s Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC) works with federal agencies, the private sector, and other stakeholders to create new strategies for oil spill responses, assessment, mitigation, and preparedness,” said Shea-Porter. ”I am encouraged by the innovative research taking place at UNH on oil spill dispersion and oil’s effects on our marine life. Congratulations to all those at the CRRC who are working hard to find solutions to these potentially devastating, human-caused disasters.”
The grant will provide funding for CRRC efforts to develop new approaches to oil spill response and the restoration of marine environments after a spill, including developing new oil dispersal methods. CRRC’s partnerships with other universities and private interests help spread the information learned from CRRC’s research. The funding will also be used to train the next generation of response and restoration scientists, environmental engineers, and policy makers by creating educational opportunities through internships and degrees.
In January, Shea-Porter hosted a roundtable discussion with Seacoast stakeholders on the Trump administration’s proposal to open all of New England’s shores to drilling. During the roundtable, which included panelists from UNH, New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), NH Sea Grant, and local fishermen, the participants described the devastating impact an oil spill could have on New Hampshire’s Seacoast communities and the actions being taken to plan for response and mitigation.
Shea-Porter co-introduced legislation to stop drilling off New Hampshire’s coast. She has also written to Interior Secretary Zinke to remove New Hampshire’s coast from the Trump administration’s plan to open all of New England’s coast to drilling.
A longtime advocate for NOAA, Shea-Porter urged the Appropriations committees to fully fund the Sea Grant program, which helps regional stakeholders sustainably manage coastal resources, and other critical NOAA initiatives, such as the Regional Coastal Resilience Grants program, which helps communities adapt to a rapidly changing climate.