Deepwater Horizon Response & Restoration

The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

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The Department of the Interior is playing a major role in many restoration efforts. Two of the largest efforts are the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (DWH NRDA) and RESTORE Act implementation.

The DWH NRDA, conducted by the Trustee Council, determines the nature and extent of injury to our nation’s natural resources caused by the spill, and the kind and amount of restoration needed to restore the Gulf to the condition it would be in if the spill had not occurred.

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Deepwater Horizon Trustees Announce Agreement in Principle for Next 10 Early Restoration Projects

MON, APRIL 20, 2015, 01:01 AM EST

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (Trustees) today announced another milestone in Gulf of Mexico early restoration. Read More >


Oil spill recovery leaders united in Gulf of Mexico restoration

WED, APRIL 15, 2015, 02:05 PM EST

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, recovery leaders - the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation - state continued commitment to Gulf of Mexico recovery. Read More >

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Investigating the spill's impact on Kemp's ridleys

TUE, APRIL 14, 2015, 11:54 AM EST

Since the spill, the Trustees have been conducting many studies to assess the impacts of the spill on wildlife, including sea turtles. Read More >

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Interior Department Releases Proposed Well Control Regulations to Ensure Safe and Responsible Offshore Oil and Gas Development

MON, APRIL 13, 2015, 01:02 PM EST

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced proposed regulations to better protect human lives and the environment from oil spills. Read More >

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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 >

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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 >