Trustees Settle with BP for Natural Resource Injuries to the Gulf of Mexico

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Today—nearly six years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill began—the court approved a settlement with BP for natural resource injuries stemming from the spill. This settlement concludes the largest natural resource damage assessment ever undertaken. We will now begin implementing restoration as laid out in the Trustees’ programmatic restoration plan.

Next Step toward Settlement with BP Reached

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Last month, the Trustees released the Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. The plan includes an assessment of impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on natural resources and the services they provide. It also identifies the types of restoration needed to restore these resources and compensate the public.

Update on the Comprehensive Restoration Plan for the Gulf of Mexico

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The Trustees have released a final comprehensive, integrated, ecosystem restoration plan for the Gulf of Mexico. It is based on our thorough assessment of impacts to the Gulf's natural resources and the services they provide following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. We are now entering a 30-day waiting period, which will last until March 21, 2016. We will not make a final decision to adopt the plan until this period is complete.

Trustees Finalize Fifth Phase of Early Restoration

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The Trustees and BP have finalized a plan for the fifth phase of early restoration for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The project has an approximate cost of $34.4 million. It will enhance public access to natural resources and increase recreational opportunities at four sites in the Florida Panhandle. The four sites include:

Trustees Propose Fifth Phase of Early Restoration

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The Trustees and BP have proposed approximately $34.4 million for the fifth phase of early restoration for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The first phase of the project would enhance public access to natural resources and increase recreational opportunities at four sites in the Florida Panhandle. The four sites include:

UPDATE: New location for St. Petersburg Public Meeting on October 29

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The previously published address for tonight's public meeting in St. Petersburg was incorrect. Please plan to attend at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute at 100 8th Ave SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. There will be an open house at 6:00pm followed by the meeting in the auditorium at 7:00pm.