Public Comment Sought On BP-Funded Restoration Projects
by: Ed Mayberry, December 9, 2013 5:12:00 am
The state and federal agencies involved in restoring the Gulf after the BP oil spill are seeking comment on $627 million in total early restoration projects across all the Gulf states.
Tom Harvey is with Texas Parks and Wildlife.
"The Natural Resource Damage Assessment requires the state and federal authorities to get with the responsible party — in this case, BP is a primary responsible party — assess the damage that was caused by an oil spill, and figure out how to restore that damage. And ultimately, the responsible party pays for the restoration."
Harvey says this is the largest natural resource damage assessment in history, and will go on for years.
"Right now there is an ongoing legal case between state and federal trustees and BP that is continuing in federal court. But while that's playing out, the trustees and BP agreed early on that BP would pay up to $1 billion dollars for what's called early restoration."
One of the public comment sessions will be at Texas A&M University at Galveston on January 22nd.