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BP Consent Decree Finalized: Where It Leaves Gulf Restoration 6 Years After the Spill

BP restoration fund by state
Monday, April 18, 2016

As we prepare to mark six years since the start of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, another important milestone has been reached in Gulf restoration: the court has now entered the consent decree among the federal government, five Gulf states, and BP. This puts to an end years of speculation and disputes regarding how much BP will pay in civil penalties and natural resource damages.

Greater than the Sum of its Parts: Coordination and Leveraging in Gulf Restoration

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Now that the proposed consent decree among the United States, five Gulf states, and BP has been released, there is greater certainty about the amount of funding that will flow to the Gulf for restoration and recovery efforts.

RESTORE Council Draft Initial Funded Priorities List: Charting a Course for Gulf Restoration Activities

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

On August 13, 2015, another important milestone in Gulf restoration was reached: the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released its draft Initial Funded Priorities List (“Draft FPL”).

Deepwater Horizon Settlement: Some Answers, New Questions

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

On July 2, 2015, a monumental announcement was made: an agreement in principle has been reached to settle all federal and state claims against BP arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill for $18.732 billion. This amount includes:

DWH - settlement breakdown

NRDA Early Restoration Breakdown

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

On May 20, 2015, the Deepwater Horizon trustees released a draft plan for a fourth phase of early restoration, which proposed 10 projects costing around $134 million. With this recent announcement, now is a good time to review where the money has been spent so far and how the fourth round fits into the broader early restoration picture. First, we need to review some background.

Deepwater Horizon Litigation: Where Things Stand and What is Next

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

On Wednesday, January 14, we hosted a webinar on the litigation summarized below. The webinar featured a panel of experts to discuss the status of the litigation and what is next. You can read more about the webinar and view a recording when it is posted here.

Fisheries Observers: an Important Enforcement Tool

A fisheries observer analyzes two specimens.
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fisheries observers serve important roles in fisheries management. From a scientific perspective, they provide independent verification of the amounts and types of fish caught, providing key data for stock assessment. In some fisheries, observers also have an important enforcement function: they report to law enforcement when they witness violations of fisheries regulations.

A Picture (or a Tracking Tool) Can Say a Thousand Words: Deepwater Horizon Project Tracking

Restoration at Rainey Refuge in Louisiana. Credit: NOAA.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

In the Gulf of Mexico region, 89 projects to date have been finalized for restoration and recovery in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. These projects are funded under several different mechanisms, including the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund.

Halting the Lionfish Invasion through Smart Law and Policy

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

It is an invasive species that is one of the most pressing threats to ocean ecosystems in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. And my wife was wearing one on her ear.

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