BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – An environmental group is fighting a decision to let Alabama use nearly $60 million in Gulf oil spill funds to build a beachfront convention center.
The New Orleans-based Gulf Restoration Network filed suit Thursday claiming the money should go to restore wetlands and other parts of the ecosystem, not construct a resort.
The organization sued over a decision by the Interior Department and other federal agencies to let Alabama use $58.5 million in oil spill recovery money to build the new complex at Gulf State Park.
Alabama has tried for years to build a new resort to replace one destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
The state got the restoration money following the 2010 oil spill.
Neither the Interior Department nor the state has commented on the lawsuit.
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