Coastal Restoration Funding for Texas from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

What’s New:

RESTORE Application Submissions Are No Longer Being Accepted

The deadline for submitting RESTORE applications was Wednesday, April 20th at 5pm.

RESTORE Council Conducting Webinars to Discuss Bucket 2 Process

On April 12th, 14th and 28th, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) will host a series of webinars to review the process used to develop its Initial Funded Priorities List (FPL) as part of the Council-Selected Restoration Component, Bucket 2. See more information about these webinars.

Commissioner Baker’s Editorial on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, “From Destruction, Restoration”

View the editorial

Reminder: Deadline to Submit On-Line Applications is 5:00 p.m. CST, April 15, 2016.

Detailed information on the request for projects can be found in the Request for Grant Application (RFGA). The RFGA provides information on the application process, as well as eligibility requirements. The RFGA is also posted on the state’s electronic state business daily bulletin board.

Addendums to RFGA (Bucket 1)

Addendums to the RFGA are available on the electronic state business daily bulletin board

Commissioner Baker Announces RESTORE Grant Applications Now Being Accepted for Bucket 1

Applications for Texas projects for grant funding under the Direct Component (Bucket 1) of the federal RESTORE Act are now being accepted through this website until 5:00 pm on Friday, April 15, 2016. Read more.

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) approved the Initial Funded Priorities List (FPL) and the Spill Impact Component Rule

Funded Priorities List (FPL) (Bucket 2)

An FPL was adopted by the Council to implement Bucket 2 (Council-Selected) of the federal RESTORE Act. The Council-approved FPL includes environmental projects and activities directly benefiting the state of Texas. See specific information on all the selected projects.

Spill Impact Component Rule (Bucket 3)

The Council also adopted the final rule to implement Bucket 3 (Spill Impact) of the RESTORE Act. The rule was posted for public comment through October 2015. View the final rule.

U.S. Department of Justice Accepting Public Comment on Settlement with BP

On October 5, 2015, Texas, along with four other states and the federal government announced a settlement with BP. The settlement, totaling more than $20 billion, resolves all claims pertaining to the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil spill.

The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a Consent Decree for the proposed settlement. The public is invited to submit written comments on the Consent Decree through December 4, 2015. See more information on the consent decree and the 60-day comment period.

Programmatic Damage Assessment & Restoration Plan: Notice of Public Meetings & Comment Period

The Deepwater Horizon natural resource trustees have been working to assess the impacts of the oil and dispersants on natural resources such as wetlands, fish, marine mammals, and birds as well as the services they provide, through the natural resource damage assessment process.

The Trustees are proposing a damage assessment and programmatic restoration plan for the Gulf of Mexico. The draft plan is based on an assessment of impacts to the Gulf’s natural resources and the services they provide following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The plan also provides guidance for identifying, evaluating, and selecting future restoration projects.

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Draft Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP) and Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) is posted online and was available at public meetings along the Gulf.

The draft plan allocates funds from a proposed settlement with BP of up to $8.8 billion for natural resource injuries stemming from the spill, including, $238 million that would be allocated for Texas restoration efforts. The Trustees have proposed to accept this settlement, which would resolve BP’s liability for natural resource injuries stemming from the spill.

The draft plan identifies five goals intended to restore wildlife, habitat, water quality, and recreational activities in the Gulf. To achieve these goals, funds are allocated to 13 different restoration types. The restoration types address a broad range of impacts at both regional and local scales. The implementation of this plan will restore wildlife and habitat and associated services such as recreational opportunities that were impacted by the Spill.