BP AGREES TO PAY $340 MILLION FOR RESTORATION PROJECTS

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Office of the Governor of Louisiana and received
via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
April 30, 2013 
Gov. Jindal: BP Agrees to Pay $340 Million for Restoration
Projects 
LAFITTE - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that BP has
agreed to fund approximately $340 million in restoration
projects for Louisiana. This investment is part of the $1
billion that BP agreed to invest for early restoration of
damaged natural resources resulting from the Deepwater Horizon
oil spill. 
BP has agreed to fund approximately $340 million for the
restoration of four barrier islands from Terrebonne Parish to
the east bank of Plaquemines Parish and two Fish Stock Research
and Enhancement Centers. 
In 2010, Louisiana was the first state to request that BP make a
down payment to immediately begin restoring the damage the spill
caused to the Gulf and coastal communities.  In April of 2011,
BP finally agreed to the state’s request when they agreed to
make a down payment of $1 billion for restoration projects
across the Gulf. 
In July of 2011, Governor Jindal announced the “Louisiana Plan”
- an initial list of priority projects that the state would be
seeking under the $1 billion down payment. The list was
developed with input from parishes, fishermen, coastal families,
and other stakeholders. 
Before today’s announcement, BP had only approved 10 projects
representing nearly $70 million of the $1 billion down payment.
Governor Jindal stressed that the state has been frustrated by
the slow pace of progress from BP in committing these funds to
restoration needs in the Gulf and that this new investment is
long overdue. 
Governor Jindal said, “We have been very frustrated by the slow
pace of progress in committing these funds to restoration needs
in the Gulf.  Today, we are excited to announce a big, and
overdue, step forward in the restoration of Louisiana’s Gulf. 
“We must aggressively move forward on these and other important
restoration projects to ensure future generations have the same
great opportunities we have been able to experience growing up
on the coast. This announcement today makes a great stride
forward, but this marathon is far from over.  We are going to
hold BP accountable for all of the damages they have caused to
our coast, our fishermen, our small businesses and our
families.” 
This $340 million in funding represents the largest single
component of restoration projects across the Gulf that BP has
ever approved. Overall, Louisiana is home to approximately  $370
million in projects approved so far through the early
restoration process. 
Governor Jindal emphasized that the disaster continues in
Louisiana. The Governor said, “It has been over three years
since BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded, causing a
spill estimated to reach five million barrels of oil,
unprecedented rates of dispersants and natural gas to be
released in the Gulf. We know from federal data that coastal
Louisiana received approximately 92 percent of the heavily and
moderately oiled shorelines in the entire Gulf of Mexico. An
estimated 60 percent or more of injured, oiled and killed birds,
mammals, fish and other wildlife found were off Louisiana’s
shore. 
“Despite the fact that those three years have passed, there are
still an estimated 200 miles of shoreline in our state that
remain oiled and Louisiana has 100 percent of the remaining
heavily and moderately oiled shorelines. Three years later, this
disaster continues in Louisiana. We have seen impacts on our
coast and erosion rates have increased in some areas; oyster
production has dropped; shrimp, tuna, and mahi mahi reproduction
rates appear to be lower; and marine mammals are experiencing
one of the worst death rates ever. That’s why it’s critical BP
live up to their promise to make this right.” 
The four barrier islands represent a roughly $320 investment for
the restoration of areas that Governor Jindal called the most-injured by the BP oil spill. The four components of this project
include: 
1.      Caillou Lake Headlands Component, which is also known as
Whiskey Island, in Terrebonne Parish.  This $110 million
component will restore beaches, dunes and back-barrier marshes. 
2.      Cheniere Ronquille Component, which is on the west bank
of Plaquemines Parish in Barataria Bay. This $35 million
component will construct beaches, dunes and back-barrier
marshes. 
3.      Shell Island Component, which is on the west bank of
Plaquemines Parish in Barataria Bay. This $101 million component
will restore back-barrier marsh and dunes and beach on the east
and west lobes. 
4.      Breton Island Component, which is on the east bank of
Plaquemines Parish in the Breton Sound. While the project
configuration is being finalized, this $72 million component
will restore and protect beach, marsh, and dune in the Breton
Wildlife Refuge. 
In total, these projects will create thousands of acres of dune
and marsh, and restore miles of Louisiana’s barrier island
beaches. 
Governor Jindal said, “These barrier islands are our first line
of defense against storm surge and salt water intrusion, and
they provide key habitat for many fish and bird species.  These
islands help to protect our coast and our communities.  They
have been eroding at an alarming rate and the oil spill
exacerbated this loss. With these investments and other projects
in the queue, this will nearly complete the restoration of the
entire Barataria Bay barrier island chain as called for in the
2012 Master Plan.  It is a major step forward.” 
BP is also funding $22 million for the establishment of Fish
Stock Research and Enhancement Centers in Lake Charles in
Calcasieu Parish and Point a la Hache in Plaquemines Parish. 
The center in Lake Charles will be focused on red fish, speckled
trout and flounder.   This facility will mark and monitor select
game species in Louisiana to help improve the management of
these important fisheries for Louisiana anglers. 
The second center in Point a la Hache will focus on baitfish
such as shrimp, cocahoe and croaker.  The center will help
inform fishery managers on reproduction, survivability and
population health of baitfish in Louisiana’s coastal estuaries. 
Governor Jindal said, “Louisiana has one of the most productive
fisheries in the nation.  We produce more commercial seafood
than any state in the continental United States, and Louisiana
is one of the top recreational fishing destinations in the
country. That’s why it’s critical for us to invest in and
protect our fisheries.” 
Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana CEO David Cresson
said, “Saltwater angling is an integral part of our culture and
our coastal economy in Louisiana. We are blessed to have one of
the world’s greatest saltwater fisheries, and we deserve the
very best available tools to manage that resource.  The
Louisiana Fisheries Research and Stock Enhancement Center will
be one of the finest systems of its kind, and will ensure that
our incredible coastal fisheries stay that way for future
generations.” 
Jefferson Parish President John Young said, “This is a good
first step toward restoring our coastline as a result of the
devastation caused by the BP oil disaster. It is important those
areas that were damaged receive the funds to help continue the
healing and preservation of our precious marsh and coastline for
future generations. This is so important not only to Jefferson
Parish, but to our entire country, as well.” 
Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph said, “This early
funding will jump start our recovery and restoration from the
oil spill. This helps the healing.” 
Jefferson Parish Councilman Elton Lagasse said, “These funds are
critical for southeast Louisiana and its economy. Besides
helping to restore our marsh lands and improve our fisheries it
will provide a greatly needed buffer against hurricanes.
Jefferson Parish appreciates the Governor’s efforts to bring
these dollars to southeast Louisiana.” 
Press Office: Sean Lansing
Contact: 225-342-8006, (c) 225-454-7133 
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