On April 20, 2010, an explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon off-shore drilling rig killed 11 men. The rig sank and left the oil well leaking millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Under the Oil Pollution Act, those responsible for an oil spill incur liability to clean up the oil and to restore injured public natural resources. Natural resource trustees, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of the Interior (DOI), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and trustee agencies from the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, are leading efforts to assess and restore affected Gulf resources.The Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees are focusing on short and long-term restoration projects that will restore the Gulf of Mexico by addressing the injuries to natural resources and their services caused by the oil spill. The restoration planning process involves many steps and includes input from scientists, experts, and the public along the way.
For more information and to access the plan, please visit the Trustees' website: http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/restoration/early-restoration/
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