Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Draft Phase IV Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessments




Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Trustees

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The early restoration planning process is designed to be a cooperative endeavor between the Trustees and parties responsible for oil spills. On April 20, 2011, BP agreed to provide up to $1 billion toward Early Restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico to address injuries to natural resources caused by the Spill. This Early Restoration agreement, entitled “Framework for Early Restoration Addressing Injuries Resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill” (Framework Agreement), represents a preliminary step toward the restoration of injured natural resources. The Framework Agreement is intended to expedite the start of restoration in the Gulf in advance of the completion of the injury assessment process. The Framework Agreement provides a mechanism through which the Trustees and BP can work together “to commence implementation of Early Restoration projects that will provide meaningful benefits to accelerate restoration in the Gulf as quickly as practicable” prior to the resolution of the Trustees’ natural resource damages claim. Early restoration is not intended to, and does not fully address all injuries caused by the Spill.



oil spill, natural resource restoration, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas