A special panel was in New Bedford this week, gathering public comment on how $6 million should be spent to restore natural resources and shorelines damaged by the 2003 Bouchard Oil Spill. 

The Natural Resources Trustee Council is proposing a host of restoration projects, including $813,000 for the restoration of the Round Hill Salt Marsh in Dartmouth. 

Karen Vilandry of the Hands Across the River Coalition is opposed to that project...

Trustee Representative Molly Sperduto says however, the Round Hill project very much qualifies for funding. 

Michael O'Reilly, Dartmouth's Environmental Affairs Coordinator, says the Round Hill project is about environmental restoration, not class warfare.

The panel expects to finalize its report by the summer.