Resources for More Information
Below we have compiled additional information and links to third-party resources to help bring additonal clarity to the Gulf restoration process.
The RESTORE Act
The RESTORE Act dedicates 80 percent of all administrative and civil penalties related to the Deepwater Horizon spill to a Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund and outlines a structure by which the funds can be utilized to restore and protect the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, coastal wetlands, and economy of the Gulf Coast region. The RESTORE Act sets forth the following framework for allocation of the Trust Fund:
For more information on the RESTORE Act funding mechanisms, we recommend "The RESTORE Act: Comparing the Funding Mechanisms" fact sheet by the Environmental Law Institute.
RestoreTheGulf is the homepage of the Gulf Coast Restoration Council and hosts information on the latest developments within federal agencies on Gulf Restoration.
On February 17, 2012, and prior to passage of the RESTORE Act, the Department of Justice and MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC (a Deepwater Horizon oil spill responsible party) settled for $90 million ($70M civil; $20M criminal). $45 million was directed to the Gulf in the form of penalties or expedited environmental projects; $20 million (criminal penalties) of which was specifically dedicated for land acquisition in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida (Alabama was not part of the settlement agreement). The other $45 million (civil penalties) was directed to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.
BP Criminal Plea Agreement
For more on how the funds from the BP criminal agreement will be allocated, we recommend this "Criminal Plea Agreement Fact Sheet" by the Environmental Law Institute.
Transocean Criminal and Civil Settlements
For more on how funds from the Transocean criminal and civil settlements will be allocated, we recommend this "Transocean Settlement Fact Sheet" by the Environmental Law Institute.
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force
The Task Force was formed to build on the ongoing spill response and natural resource damage assessment effort, as well as achieve overall recovery for the gulf, and is comprised of federal and state leaders and informed by stakeholders in the region. President Obama appointed EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, a New Orleans native, as Chair. The Task Force completed their work in December 2011.
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force released its final strategy (PDF) for long term ecosystem restoration for the Gulf Coast, following extensive feedback from citizens throughout the region.
Among the key priorities of the strategy are:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Gulf Spill Restoration
As a member of the Deepwater Horizon NRDA Trustee Council, NOAA is focusing on short-term and long-term restoration projects that will restore the Gulf Coast from the spill. The restoration planning process involves many steps and includes input from scientists, experts, and the public.
For a map of restoration projects managed by the NRDA trustees, including the Alabama Dune Restoration Cooperative Project at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, visit http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/restoration/early-restoration/early-restoration-projects-atlas/
Last updated: September 23, 2013