Restoration for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
The Deepwater Horizon NRDA Trustees began restoration plan scoping for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in early 2011. Restoration planning and the effort to identify the scope of issues that could be addressed are key steps in the ongoing Natural Resource Damage Assessment for the spill.
We are in the process of preparing a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, or PEIS to take a comprehensive look at the types of restoration that may be required to offset impacts from the spill. These impacts could include injuries to habitat, fish, wildlife, and human use of those resources. The PEIS also will analyze environmental effects associated with restoration alternatives. These alternatives will be proposed in a draft damage assessment and restoration plan.
The plan will serve as the core planning document for restoration to offset impacts from the spill.
Through the process, you will have the chance to give us your feedback on activities and projects to restoring the resources impacted by the spill. You can make your voice heard by:
- submitting project ideas at any time,
- attending public meetings, and
- making comments on draft documents.
We are considering all the comments and project ideas we received as we develop a restoration plan for the Gulf.
Getting a Jump Start on Restoration
In April 2011, we entered into a $1 billion agreement with BP to begin restoration before the damage assessment and restoration planning were complete. Learn more about the early restoration effort.