Deepwater Horizon restoration group to release progress report

Deepwater Horizon restoration group to release progress report

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees, the group overseeing the multibillion-dollar recovery effort from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, will hold a public meeting later this month, according to the Associated Press.

The September 28 meeting in New Orleans will be a progress report including updates on the planning and implementation of restoration projects for natural resources harmed by the notorious spill.

The Trustees group includes representatives from state and federal agencies including the Department of the Interior (DOI), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Last October BP agreed to pay $20.8bn to settle claims with the US government related to the spill. In April a judge granted final approval to that civil settlement.

Deepwater Horizon was a BP-operated drilling rig in the US Gulf of Mexico. The rig exploded with catastrophic effect in April 2010, killing 11 people on board.

There followed an almost three-month-long flow of crude into the waters of the Gulf before the well could be capped. It is the worst offshore oil disaster in US history.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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