Sandra Bullock leads a star-studded PSA for Gulf Coast restoration


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Sandra Bullock, who recently bought a home in New Orleans, and at the MTV Movie Awards gave a shout out to the region affected by the BP oil spill, has loaned her megastar status to a PSA calling for restoration and protection of the United States’ Gulf Coast.

The video, filmed in New Orleans and other locations around the country, features people with various ties to the region -- the likes of chef Emeril Lagasse, author-actor Bryan Batt of ‘Mad Men’ fame, a slimmed-down John Goodman and a gravelly voiced Dr. John. (Find a full list of participants, in order, on the video’s YouTube page.)


Women of the Storm, a self-proclaimed nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization of women that grew out of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, is gathering signatures on an online petition showing support for funding an implementation of coastal restoration. The group says it will deliver the petition to Congress and the Obama administration.

The Restore the Gulf effort was launched Tuesday at a press conference in New Orleans.

-- Christie D’Zurilla