Ben Scaggs has been selected as the Director of the U.S. EPA Gulf of Mexico Program (GMPO) and will be responsible for overseeing this collaborative program to protect, maintain, and restore the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico. Ben comes to the GMPO following exemplary service as Director of the Office of Administration and Resource Management at EPA’s Research Triangle Park, North Carolina location.
Ben recognizes that the Gulf of Mexico is of tremendous ecological, economic, and social value to our region and is home to magnificent beaches, critical wetland habitats, some of the most productive fisheries in the world, and a quarter of U.S. domestic natural gas and one-eighth of its oil. Both the resilience and the vulnerability of this region have been on national display in the last ten years, first in the impacts of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and more recently in the dramatic oil spill following the explosion and collapse of the Deepwater Horizon in 2010, the largest marine spill in the history of the petroleum industry.
Ben is no stranger to the Gulf Coast; he has family in Texas and Florida as well as his native Mississippi. His roots in and understanding of the region will serve well in collaboration with the diverse set of partners working together to create a healthy and resilient Gulf. He assumes his new duties at the Gulf of Mexico Program Office, April 23rd.