Coastal Restoration Funding for Texas from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

RESTORE The Texas Coast

NFWF 2015:  Submission Deadlines and Award of Funds

During the next funding cycle (2015) there is approximately $14.1 million available for new projects in Texas.  The process to receive funding in 2015 is described below.

  • January 2, 2015:  Deadline to submit projects for Texas Trustee review.  Projects submitted via the online form or the NOAA website by the deadline will be considered.  Projects previously submitted on these websites will continue to be considered and do not need to be resubmitted unless there have been material changes to the project scope.
  • Mid-April 2015:  Deadline for Texas to submit pre-proposals to NFWF
  • June 2015:  Texas anticipates inviting Partners with successful pre-proposals to submit full proposals.

For more information, view the NFWF page.

NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund – 2014 Projects

On November 17, 2014, NFWF announced a list of projects in Texas that will be funded in 2014.  See the list of 2014 Texas projects

Update:  RESTORE Bucket 2, Round 1 Project Selection

As Texas’ representative on the RESTORE Council, TCEQ Commissioner Toby Baker submitted five projects to the Council for consideration for funding under Bucket 2.  

See a brief description of the projects that were submitted on behalf of the state of Texas. 

Fifty projects were submitted by all the RESTORE Council members.  

The next step in the selection process is a review by the RESTORE Council staff of all the submitted projects.  The staff will then provide their review to the Council members, who will use the information to draft a list of projects that will be considered for funding.  That list, referred to as the funded priority list (FPL), will be posted for public comment.  Following the public comment period the Council members will then finalize the list of projects to receive funding under round 1 for Bucket 2.

If you submitted a project under round 1 of bucket 2 and it was not selected as one of the five sent to the RESTORE Council, it will remain in the data base and will be considered when future funding opportunities become available.

Request for Grant Application Deadline Expired – Centers of Excellence

Applications for Centers of Excellence submitted by November 17, 2014, are currently being reviewed and selections are expected to be announced by January 2015.

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.