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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response & Restoration  
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Following the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, Florida implemented response operations and emergency restoration. Until recently the only avenue for early restoration has been through the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the lead state agency for responding to impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the resulting restoration process.

On July 6, 2012 the President signed the RESTORE Act into law. The Act creates the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, and outlines five funding categories for Clean Water Act civil and administrative penalties from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund was established by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to administer funds arising from plea agreements that resolve the criminal cases against BP and Transocean. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will work directly with NFWF to identify projects for the State of Florida, in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Please note that projects submitted previously through this website for consideration under RESTORE Act and NRDA Restoration will also be considered as candidates for funding under the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund. To suggest a new project for consideration, please click on the link below.

Information on this website is not related to economic claims. All economic damage claims are handled by the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

People on beach RESTORE Act

The RESTORE Act, which was passed by Congress on June 29, 2012 and signed into law on July 6, 2012 by the President, provides a vehicle for Clean Water Act civil and administrative penalties from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Governor Rick Scott Represents Florida on the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, which is responsible for implementing the Initial Comprehensive plan: Restoring the Gulf Coast's Ecosystem and Economy.

Initial Comprehensive Plan


Turtle returning to GulfNRDA Restoration

The Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission re playing key roles in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill early restoration process. Early restoration efforts are occurring throughout the Gulf States and are being facilitated by the Deepwater Horizon Trustee Council. The trustees are evaluating the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon spill on natural resources and working on behalf of the public to restore, replace, rehabilitate or acquire the equivalent of these resources.

In May 2013, the Trustees announced approximately $58 million for 12 projects proposed by Florida’s Trustee. Since that time, the Trustees have reached an agreement with BP on an additional 16 proposed projects in Florida for a total of 28 projects projected to cost approximately $88 million.  Due to the weather, DEP and FWC will host one public meeting in Pensacola on Monday, February 3rd in Pensacola.


Aerial view of gulf and beachGulf Environmental Benefit Fund

The Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund was established by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to administer funds arising from plea agreements that resolve the criminal cases against BP and Transocean. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will work directly with NFWF to identify projects for the State of Florida, in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

On Thursday, November 14, 2013 The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation announced the first round of grants awarded from their Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund for projects in each of the five Gulf States impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. NFWF is awarding six projects in Florida totaling $15.7 million.

Please note that projects submitted previously through this website for consideration under RESTORE Act and NRDA Restoration will also be considered as candidates for funding under the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund. To suggest a new project for consideration, please view the online project submittal form.


DEP Law Enforcement Officers on beachResponse

DEP is the lead state agency for responding to impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill along Florida’s shoreline. DEP and state emergency management officials continue to coordinate with federal, state and local partners to ensure that any continued impacts to Florida’s coastline are removed quickly and efficiently.

 


People on beachClaims & Information

All economic damage claims are handled by the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. Some beaches in Northwest Florida will continue to see isolated oil impacts influenced by natural tides and varying weather conditions. If you encounter oil product in the water or on the beach do not touch it. All sampling conducted and analyzed in Florida has registered below levels of concern for human health benchmarks. Current beach sampling data is available at Beach Health Results website.

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Important Phone Numbers

  • Claims
    (800) 916-4893
  • Report Oil
    (800) 320-0519
  • Environment/Community Hotline
    (866) 448-5816
Media

  • Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center
    (713) 323-1670
  • DEP Press Office
    (850) 245-2112
  • News Archive

Last updated: June 19, 2014

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