Public input sought on restoration of the Gulf

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The Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees released in mid-December the Deepwater Horizon Draft Phase I Early Restoration Plan & Environmental Assessment for formal public comment.

It is the first in an anticipated series of plans to begin restoration of the Gulf of Mexico to compensate for natural resource injuries, including the loss of human use of Gulf resources, from the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

“Public feedback is of the utmost importance, and we encourage people to submit comments and attend the upcoming public meetings,” said Cooper Shattuck, chair of the Trustee Council Executive Committee, speaking on behalf of the trustees. “This is the first step in beginning restoration of injuries caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. While continuing to accept project ideas, we will move forward with additional phases of early restoration until the entire $1 billion is committed to Gulf Coast restoration.”

Click here for the full press release and click here to view the plan, access public meeting details and view additional details of the proposed early restoration projects and ways to submit public comment.

The public comment period will end Feb. 14, 2012.