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Trustees plan for restoration in the Gulf.

Since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, we’ve worked hard to develop both broad strategies for future restoration, as well as project-specific early restoration plans. Both types of plans help fulfill our goal of addressing the damage to the environment caused by the spill. Here you will find restoration plans we have developed. Future project-specific plans will be posted on the appropriate Restoration Area pages.

Comprehensive Restoration

In early 2016 we completed the Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. It includes an assessment of the injury to natural resources caused by the oil spill and the types of restoration needed to compensate the public. The plan is being funded from the settlement of up to $8.8 billion with BP.

Early Restoration

In 2011, one year after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP agreed to provide up to $1 billion toward early restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, we have approved five early restoration plans, encompassing 65 projects at an estimated cost of $866 million. These projects allowed us to start restoring the Gulf prior to the conclusion of the damage assessment.

The archives include the final documents related to each phase of early restoration.