The Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012—better known as the “RESTORE Act”—was enacted on July 6, 2012.

The RESTORE Act creates a Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund (RTF), which is receiving 80% of any Clean Water Act (CWA) civil and administrative penalties paid by BP and other companies responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In total, more than $5.3 billion will flow into the RTF.

Money Flow Chart

Where does the money go?

Funds from the RTF will be divided among five different “pots”:

Money Chart

Funding Breakdown

This is how the $5.328 billion will be distributed:

Funding Graph

BP will be paying Clean Water Act civil penalties over a 15-year period, with the first payment made in 2017. Transocean and Anadarko have already paid their penalties.

Where do things stand?

Funding has started to be allocated to projects, programs, and planning. See our Restoration Projects Database and Map for more details.


For more details about the RESTORE Act:

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Restore funding


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