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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.

Deepwater Horizon: Four Years Later

By David Roche, Staff Attorney
Sunday, April 20, 2014

Four years ago today, on April 20, 2010, an explosion rocked the Deepwater Horizon mobile offshore drilling unit. Eleven crewmen lost their lives in the blast, and the rig burned for the next thirty-six hours. Then, 41 miles off the southeast coast of Louisiana, the Deepwater Horizon sank. At the wellhead, nearly a mile underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, the environmental disaster was just beginning. Oil gushed for the next three months, during which millions of barrels of oil mixed with millions of gallons of dispersant to contaminate more than 1,000 miles of coast.