Alabama Spends Deepwater Horizon Settlement Money

They’re undertaking wetlands restoration and economic development in Mobile Bay, the Perdido River, and the peninsula in between.

A $302 million slate of restoration projects approved Wednesday by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council includes well over $20 million in work intended to improve water quality and sustain ecosystems in coastal Alabama.

The money comes through conduits established by the 2012 Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act, aka the RESTORE Act, which was passed to determine how money from fines and damages paid by the companies involved in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster would be spent. The first major wave of infrastructure, environmental restoration and economic development projects approved for RESTORE funding, including $315 million for Mobile and Baldwin counties, was announced in 2018.

So that’s more than $600 million in Alabama restoration as a result of Deepwater’s befoulment of the entire Gulf of Mexico.

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