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TPWD News Release — Oct. 6, 2014

Texas To Receive Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Restoration Funding

Artificial Reef, Coastal State Park Projects In Latest Round of Early Restoration

AUSTIN – Five Texas-based projects totaling about $18 million have been approved to begin to compensate Texas for lost human use of natural resources resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The three artificial reef and two state park projects are part of the latest round of early restoration led by state and federal Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees.

The five Texas projects are part of a broader suite of 44 projects totaling an estimated $627 million across the Gulf, the largest suite of early restoration projects since the oil spill. About 63 percent, or $397 million, of the projects address ecological losses. The remaining 37 percent, or $230 million, address lost recreational services.

This is the first early restoration phase with Texas-based projects, following two previous phases totaling $71 million. Work on Texas projects is expected to begin in 2015.

The five Texas-based projects are listed below, all of which address lost recreational services.

In 2011, BP agreed to provide up to $1 billion to fund early restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico to begin addressing injuries to natural resources caused by the spill. The purpose is to speed the start of restoration before the injury assessment process is completed.

The latest early restoration phase is part of a Final Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, which sets a strategic approach for early restoration. The Trustees received thousands of public comments that were instrumental in its development. The Trustees have developed a reader-friendly guide to the plan and projects.

The Trustees’ decisions on the plan are set forth and explained in a Record of Decision (ROD). Both the plan and the ROD are available at and copies will be available in locations across the Gulf region.

Texas trustees include Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the General Land Office and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Other trustees include federal agencies and state agencies from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.