Coastal Restoration Funding for Texas from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill


RESTORE The Texas Coast

Notice on Selection Process for Centers of Excellence

Under Section 1605 of the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies(RESTORE) ACT, funds will be made available to the Gulf Coast States, including Texas, to establish Centers for Excellence (Centers) to conduct research on the Gulf Coast Region. Under the RESTORE Act, Centers must be selected through a competitive process.  Once selected, Centers will be eligible to receive grant funding to conduct approved research projects.

In order to implement the requirements for establishing the Centers, the State of Texas will be posting a competitive solicitation seeking applications from eligible applicants.  Pursuant to 31 Code of Federal Regulations Part 34.704(b), Texas is providing notice that it intends to use existing state statutes and regulations to select Centers.  Texas will use the competitive grant authority for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), which is set out in the Texas Water Code, Section 5.124 and TCEQ rules at 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) chapter 14.  Texas will comply with all applicable statutory and regulatory provisions governing ethics and potential conflicts of interest, in particular Texas Government Code Chapter 572, Subchapter C, and all ethics and conflict of interest prevention policies of the TCEQ adopted to implement that chapter and other applicable law. 

Pursuant to these statutory and regulatory requirements, Texas is posting a Request For Grant Applications (RFGA) on the Texas Electronic State Business Daily and on the Texas e-Grants system.  The RFGA will set forth the process by which grant applications must be submitted.  The selection and award of grants will be made in accordance with the TCEQ-established grant process under Texas Water Code 5.124 and the TCEQ grant rules, in particular the rules governing solicitations in 30 TAC Section14.7.

Please contact LaTresa Stroud at latresa.stroud@tceq.texas.gov, if you have any questions or comments regarding the proposed RFGA.

Bucket 2, Round 1 Submission Window Closed October 20

The deadline to submit projects for consideration for funding for round 1 of RESTORE Bucket 2 has passed. 

If your project was submitted by the October 20, 2014 deadline, it will be reviewed.  If your submission was received after October 20, it will be considered when future funding opportunities become available.

New Online Project Submission System

As of Oct. 2, 2014, when you submit a project, you will create a free account using your e-mail address. With this system, you can save drafts and view project applications that you previously submitted.

If you’ve submitted projects using this website’s submission form prior to Oct. 2, such submissions are saved under your e-mail and you will receive word from us soon regarding accessing your account.

 

About RESTORE the Texas Coast

The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill began with the explosion of the Macondo exploratory well off the coast of Louisiana on April 20, 2010. The explosion killed 11 workers. The resulting blowout at the wellhead more than a mile below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico caused the largest oil spill in American history. The oil flowed into the Gulf for almost three months before the well was contained. The well discharged millions of barrels of oil. Cleanup of oil is still ongoing in some areas.

The entities responsible for the cleanup and damage from the DWH oil spill are the “responsible parties” or “RPs” under the federal Oil Pollution Act (OPA). The responsible parties are also responsible for restoring lost natural resources. For the DWH oil spill, the responsible parties are owners and operators of the Macondo oil rig, including British Petroleum (BP), MOEX, Halliburton, and Transocean.

The DWH oil spill and its aftermath created a unique set of circumstances for funding Gulf restoration projects. The funds will be paid by the parties responsible for the spill as natural resource damages, civil fines, or criminal penalties. The uncertainties and complexities of this funding and how it will be spent pose many challenges. To facilitate the public’s understanding of the various DWH funding sources the state, in consultation with federal authorities, is working cooperatively to provide the public with information about the Deepwater Horizon funding.

Texas has asserted its claims related to the DWH oil spill in federal court. These claims have been consolidated into the multi-district litigation pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Because of this ongoing litigation, the DWH funding process is ongoing and dynamic. As more information becomes available, this website will be updated to keep the public informed about how DWH funding may best be utilized to ultimately restore the Texas coast.

This website provides an opportunity for interested parties to suggest projects for consideration for funding made available to Texas as a result of the DWH Oil Spill.

Included in this website is information on three funding sources: NFWF/GEBF, NRDA, and the RESTORE Act. This website, along with the associated links to other websites, provides information on the different requirements for funding from each of the three sources, as well as information on the varied stages of the availability of funds. To provide the most current information, the website will be updated as needed.

A project submitted through this website will be reviewed by a working group consisting of staff from the three state agencies representing NFWF/GEBF and NRDA, along with staff representing the RESTORE Act. This working group will provide an initial review only to determine which funding sources would be the most appropriate for each submission. This process is intended to be flexible. Submitted projects may be determined to be appropriate for multiple funding sources and the working group may reassess a project’s suitability for the various funding sources as appropriate.