DWH NRDA Restoration - Louisiana - Elmer's Island
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the largest maritime oil spill in U.S. history. It resulted in the discharge of millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Under the Oil Pollution Act (OPA), each party responsible for a vessel or facility from which oil is discharged, or which poses the substantial threat of a discharge, is liable for, among other things, removal costs and damages for injury to, destruction of, loss, or loss of use of natural resources, including the reasonable cost of assessing the damage. Pursuant to OPA, federal and state natural resource trustees, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and trustee agencies from the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, were charged with assessing and restoring for injuries to affected Gulf resources.
Under a global settlement reached on April 4, 2016, the Trustees released the Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan/Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PDARP/PEIS). The settlement agreement includes a funding schedule that will extend through 2031. During this timeframe the trustees will provide many opportunities for public participation, including the opportunity to submit project ideas and proposals and to comment on draft restoration plans
Consistent with the PDARP/PEIS, the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group prepared the December 2017 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #2: Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities. In response to the public comments received on the Elmer's Island Access project proposed in that draft plan, the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group is proposing a modification to the original Elmer's Island Access project feature. The Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Elmer's Island Access Project Modification evaluates the proposed change to the Elmer's Island Access project and alternatives considered by the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group under criteria set forth in the OPA natural resource damage assessment regulations and evaluates their environmental effects in accordance with NEPA. The proposed modification to the Elmer's Island Access project is consistent with the restoration alternatives selected in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill PDARP/PEIS.
• Louisiana - Joann Hicks, 225-342-5477
• EPA - Tim Landers, 202-566-2231