BP Gives Louisiana $340.4 Million for Recovery Projects
JACKSON, MS (AP) — BP PLC set aside $1 billion in 2011 to provide funding to aid recovery projects from its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Officials approved plans Friday to spend $626.8 million on 44 projects including 2 in Louisiana, which will receive a total of $340.4 million. Louisiana Outer Coast Restoration will get $318.4 million. The Louisiana Marine Fisheries Enhancement, Research, and Science Center will get $22 million.
The funds allotted for Louisiana Outer Coast Restoration will go towards restoring land and marsh on four barrier islands off Louisiana's rapidly eroding coast: Chenier Ronquille, North Breton Island, Shell Island and Whiskey Island.
“When we rebuild barrier islands like North Breton, we're also strengthening coastal resilience, making a smart long-term investment in the face of climate change and increasingly frequent storms,” U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a written statement. Jewell toured the island last year.
Recovery funds are meant to restore the environment or improve public access to the Gulf.
About $300 million of BP's $1 billion remains, raising questions about whether more projects will be approved before BP and the federal government agree how much the company must pay for environmental and recreational damage. The Natural Resource Damage Assessment process is separate from Clean Water Act fines, but agreements on both could be reached in a comprehensive settlement.
Here's a look at the names and estimated cost of 44 projects approved for funding from BP.
ALABAMA TOTAL: $93.7 MILLION
$85.5 million Gulf State Park Enhancement Project
$5 million Swift Tract Living Shoreline
$3.2 million Oyster Cultch Restoration
FLORIDA TOTAL: $105.2 million
$10.8 million Beach Enhancement Project at Gulf Island National Seashore
$4 million Gulf Islands National Seashore Ferry Project
$775,605 Cat Point Living Shoreline Project
$10.8 million Pensacola Bay Living Shoreline Project
$2.7 million Seagrass Recovery Project
$588,500 Perdido Key State Park Beach Boardwalk Improvements
$1.5 million Big Lagoon State Park Boat Ramp Improvement
$1 million Bob Sikes Pier Parking and Trail Restoration
$11.5 million Artificial Reefs
$18.8 million Fish Hatchery
$2.9 million Scallop Enhancement for Increased Recreational Fishing Opportunity in the Florida Panhandle
$882,750 Shell Point Beach Nourishment
$611,234 Perdido Key Dune Restoration Project
$5.4 million Florida Oyster Cultch Placement Project
$3.2 million Strategically Provided Boat Access Along Florida's Gulf Coast
$386,291 Walton County Boardwalks and Dune Crossovers
$2.1 million Gulf County Recreation Projects
$470,800 Bald Point State Park Recreation Areas
$1.8 million Enhancements of Franklin County Parks and Boat Ramps
$262,989 Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area Fishing and Wildlife Viewing Access Improvements
$1.2 million Navarre Beach Park Gulfside Walkover Complex
$614,630 Navarre Beach Park Coastal Access
$309,669 Gulf Breeze Wayside Park Boat Ramp
$2.6 million Developing Enhanced Recreational Opportunities at the Escribano Point Portion of the Yellow River WMA
$10.2 million Norriego Point Restoration and Recreation Project
$588,500 Deer Lake State Park Development
$993,649 City of Parker Oak Shore Drive Pier
$2 million Panama City Marina Fishing Pier, Boat Ramp and Staging Docks
$1.5 million Wakulla Marshes Sands Park Improvements
$4.6 million Northwest Florida Estuarine Habitat Restoration, Protection and Education, Fort Walton Beach
LOUISIANA TOTAL: $340.4 million
$318.4 million Louisiana Outer Coast Restoration
$22 million Louisiana Marine Fisheries Enhancement, Research, and Science Center
MISSISSIPPI TOTAL: $69 million
$50 million Hancock County Marsh Living Shoreline Project
$10.4 million Restoration Initiatives at the Infinity Science Center
$4.8 million Popp's Ferry Causeway Park
$3.8 million Pascagoula Beachfront Promenade
TEXAS TOTAL: $18.6 million
$10.7 million Galveston Island State Park Beach Development
$3.6 million Matagorda Artificial Reef Project
$2.2 million Freeport Artificial Reef Project
$1.9 million Mid/Upper Texas Coast Artificial Reef Ship Reef Project
$210,100 Sea Rim State Park Improvements
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration