Deepwater Horizon Response & Restoration

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Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment

The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill set into motion the largest natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) in history.

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DWH NRDA Early Restoration

Since the April 2011 landmark Early Restoration agreement between the DWH NRDA Trustees and BP, the Trustees have worked diligently to begin restoring the Gulf of Mexico prior to completion of the natural resource damage assessment. Based on BP's commitment to make $1 billion available, the Trustees are making significant progress.

Phase III Early Restoration

Final Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Phase III ERP/PEIS) Documents -

General Information on Early Restoration

Phase I Early Restoration

Phase I Project Fact Sheets

Phase II Early Restoration

Phase II Project Fact Sheets


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Secretary Sally Jewell

Interior Praises Gulf of Mexico Trustees for Restoration Progress

FRI, OCTOBER 3, 2014, 02:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today commended the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Natural Resource Trustees for approving the Early Restoration Phase III Plan Read More >

Secretary Sally Jewell

Secretary Jewell Praises Major Milestone in Gulf Coast Recovery and Restoration During Visit to Louisiana

FRI, DECEMBER 6, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

In a visit to the Gulf region today, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell helped announce the third and largest phase of early restoration projects proposed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Trustees. Read More >

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Interior Applauds Next Step in Deepwater Horizon Natural Resources Trustees-BP Agreement for $600 Million in Gulf Restoration Projects

THU, MAY 2, 2013, 04:38 PM EST

The agreement is the first step in moving forward with proposed projects, part of the unprecedented agreement with BP to provide $1 billion for restoration prior to the completion of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment. Read More >

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BSEE Launches Deepwater Oil and Gas Containment Exercise

TUE, JULY 24, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement initiated the first ever drill designed to deploy critical pieces of state-of-the-art well control equipment to the ultra-deep seabed of the Gulf of Mexico. Read More >

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Responsibly Expanding America’s Offshore Energy Development

WED, JULY 18, 2012, 12:01 PM EST

In recent weeks, the Department of the Interior announced a key component of President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy: a five-year program for offshore oil and gas leasing. Read More >

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Salazar, Beaudreau Announce Final Details for Upcoming Central Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale

THU, MAY 17, 2012, 12:31 PM EST

Today the Obama Administration provided final details for the Central Gulf of Mexico lease sale announced by President Obama in January 2012. Read More >

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Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Trustees Announce Major Progress in Gulf Restoration Effort

WED, APRIL 18, 2012, 10:45 AM EST

An estimated $60 million in early restoration projects soon will begin along the Gulf Coast following the nation’s largest oil spill, the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council announced today. Read More >

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Obama Administration Announces Major Steps toward Science-Based Energy Exploration in the Arctic

FRI, FEBRUARY 17, 2012, 11:30 AM EST

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today announced the next steps toward energy exploration activities in shallow waters in the Arctic during a limited period this summer. Read More >

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Salazar Creates Science Group to Bolster Preparedness for Potential Future Environmental Crises

FRI, JANUARY 6, 2012, 11:43 AM EST

Secretary Salazar announced the creation of a specialized scientific group that will develop future scenarios and provide rapid, interdisciplinary scientific assessments during environmental crises or disasters affecting America’s natural resources. Read More >

Gulf Coast

Statement by Secretary Salazar on the final strategy of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force released today

MON, DECEMBER 5, 2011, 01:36 PM EST

The Task Force’s final strategy is the result of a collaborative effort among five Gulf Coast states and 11 federal agencies. Read More >