July 10, 2010
BISCO (Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing) Director, Sharon Gauthe has been chosen to be one of the presenters in the Community Impacts panel for the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.
This Commission was created by President Barack Obama, and is composed of seven members. The Commission will be holding its first public meeting, on Monday and Tuesday at the Hilton Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St., in New Orleans.
Members of the panel include Commission members Donald Boesch, president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Frances Ulmer, chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage, Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Terry Garcia, an executive vice president at the National Geographic Society, Cherry Murray, dean of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and U.S. Sens. Bob Graham and William Reilly.
Mrs. Gauthe is honored to represent the communities of Lafourche, Terrebonneand Grand Isle and is anxious to put the issues experienced by the fishermen and businesses as well as non-profits on the table for the panel to have an understanding of the communities impacts from the ground level. BISCO has held six community meetings in the three parishes and is also providing case management services for Catholic Charities on Grand Isle.