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Post-BP Plans For Gulf Coast Restoration

Chris Eudaily | Texas Public Radio
Padre Island National Seashore on the Texas Gulf Coast.

It’s been over 4 years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and BP oil spill. The underwater gusher pumped crude into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days and is considered the worst maritime oil disaster in history. The US Government estimated the total discharge at 5 million barrels. But that number is uncertain and there are some reports that the well site continues to leak oil into the Gulf.

In November 2012, BP and the Department of Justice reached a settlement and in part agreed to a record-setting $4 and a half billion dollars in fines and other payments.

Much of that money will be used for restoration of the Gulf of Mexico and funding major projects that could protect the health of the Gulf’s eco system for decades.

This week the National Wildlife Federation released a report, "Restoring the Gulf of Mexico for People and Wildlife: Recommended Projects and Priorities," that describes restoration projects for all five Gulf States including Texas. It outlining paths toward comprehensive ecosystem restoration for the Gulf Coast. David Muth is the Gulf Program Director for the National Wildlife Federation

Also involved in the project is Ryan Fikes and he is a Texas-based scientist for the National Wildlife Federation.

Interactive Map of Proposed Projects for the Gulf Coast Restoration:


David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi