NEW ORLEANS - Restore Act money for the state of Louisiana could total nearly $20 billion, according to Congressman Steve Scalise, who supported the bill that gives gulf states 80 percent of the BP fines from the 2010 spill.
If the BP money materializes, it should be spent wisely, Scalise said. However, he's worried that it will be squandered.
He is working to ensure that the money goes towards the fight to restore Louisiana's wetlands and marshes.
Governor Bobby Jindal's coastal advisor said the money should be spent on the state master plan for coastal restoration.
Women of the Storm leader Ann Milling said that civic groups need to be vocal on how the money is spent.
Federal officials are still negotiating with BP over fines from the massive spill.
The restore act was passed and signed into law in July.