Deepwater Horizon Assessment Samples Available to Scientific Community

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During and after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, natural resource trustee agencies collected thousands of samples across broad regions of the northern Gulf of Mexico. These samples supported the spill response and the natural resource damage assessment.

The case has been settled and the assessment is now complete. NOAA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are making remainders of these samples available to the scientific community. The types of available materials include:

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: