Deepwater Horizon Trustees Invite Public Comment on 10 Proposed Early Restoration Gulf Projects

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Date: May 21, 2015
Contact: Tom Harvey (TPWD), 512-389-4453
Contact: Ben Sherman (NOAA), 301-713-3066
Contact: Nanciann Regalado (DOI), 678-296-6805

Deepwater HorizonTrustees Invite Public Comment on 10 Proposed Early Restoration Gulf Projects

Gulf Coast -- The Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees released a draft plan today that proposes 10 early restoration projects across the Gulf states at an estimated cost of $134 million. One of these projects includes a Gulf Coast-wide effort on sea turtle recovery.

There will be a public meeting on Thursday June 11th from 6-9 pm at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. The meeting location will be at the Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi; 6300 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78412. The meeting will begin with an interactive open house during which Trustee staff will be available to discuss project details. The open house will be followed by a formal presentation and opportunity for the public to provide comments to Trustee representatives.

The Draft Phase IV Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessments (Draft Plan) is available for public review and comment through June 19. It is posted online at www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov and will be available at the public meeting.

In addition to verbal comments provided at public meetings, the public may also submit written comments through June 19, 2015:

·Online: www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov

·By U.S. Mail: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 49567, Atlanta, GA 30345 

Early restoration is not intended to provide the full extent of restoration needed to satisfy the Trustees' claims against BP. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment and restoration will continue until the public is fully compensated for the natural resources and services that were lost as a result of the spill. 

Contactshttp://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/media-contacts

·Texas: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, e-mail us

·NOAA: Ben Sherman, 301-713-3066, e-mail us

·DOI: Nanciann Regalado, 678-296-6805, e-mail us

·EPA: : Robert Daguillard, 202-564-6618, e-mail us

·USDA: Justin Fritscher, 202-375-0871, e-mail us

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Last updated: May 21, 2015

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