The Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), Trustees, have released a final version of the Comprehensive Restoration Plan for the Gulf of Mexico. The final plan resulted from a long and thorough assessment of the oil spill’s impacts on the Gulf’s natural resources and the services they provide.
Trustees received more than 6,300 public comments on the draft plan. They are now entering a 30-day waiting period, which will last until March 21, 2016. Trustees will not make a final decision to adopt the plan until this period is complete.
If adopted, the final plan would allocate up to $8.8 billion for natural resource injuries under a proposed settlement with BP. The final plan addresses five broad goals with thirteen restoration types.
Read the NRDA Trustees’ announcement and get a copy of the plan on NOAA’s Gulf Spill Restoration website.