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The Seas Are Rising and So Are Community Voices: Climate Justice in Gulf of Mexico Restoration

Deepwater Horizon
David Roche
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Climate change and sea-level rise are reshaping the coastline along the Gulf of Mexico. Land is being lost at an alarming rate, especially in Louisiana, where subsidence is compounding the effects of sea-level rise. Across the Gulf Coast, communities are increasingly vulnerable as the seas rise, land subsides, saltwater intrudes, and marshes retreat. In the face of such monumental change, it is essential for communities to plan and adapt.

2016 UNFSA Review Conference: Curbing the Wave of Enthusiasm

Fish
Xiao Recio-Blanco
Thursday, June 30, 2016

The 2016 Resumed Review Conference relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (UNFSA) took place at U.N. Headquarters in Manhattan from May 23-27, 2016. The outcome document serves as an example of the challenges and limitations of international ocean governance.

In the years since the 2010 Resumed Review Conference, there has been positive news in the field of international conservation of the marine environment. Chile, Palau, and the United States have created new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in their Exclusive Economic Zones. In early 2015, representatives of 104 nations began drafting a legally enforceable international treaty, which is still under negotiation, for the protection of biodiverse areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). The treaty would limit unregulated activities on the High Seas and lead to the creation of a global MPA network.

Deepwater Horizon Trustees Release SOPs

palm tree
Thursday, May 26, 2016

ELI ocean blogs are originally published on ELI's Ocean Program Blog, Ocean Talk. To learn more about ELI’s Ocean program, visit www.eli-ocean.org.

Earlier this month, the Deepwater Horizon trustees quietly released their Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which set out how the natural resource restoration monies totaling up to $8.8 billion will be “manage[d], implement[ed], and administ[ered]” over the long term. The SOPs therefore provide important details about how the restoration program will operate moving forward. The trustees approved these procedures on May 4, 2016.

Thanks to Environmental Pioneers in the United States Who Set the Example for the Rest of the World

William Eichbaum, former Vice President World Wildlife Fund
Thursday, May 12, 2016

ELI was founded in 1969—a time when U.S. environmental law was in its infancy and needed a place for cultivation and growth (an imperative that is still incredibly relevant today given the interconnectedness and severity of conservation challenges across the globe). At that moment in time, individuals across the country looked around and saw rivers catching on fire, poor air quality making it hard for children to breathe, and unfettered toxic pollution.

BP Consent Decree Finalized: Where It Leaves Gulf Restoration 6 Years After the Spill

BP restoration fund by state
Monday, April 18, 2016

As we prepare to mark six years since the start of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, another important milestone has been reached in Gulf restoration: the court has now entered the consent decree among the federal government, five Gulf states, and BP. This puts to an end years of speculation and disputes regarding how much BP will pay in civil penalties and natural resource damages.

Greater than the Sum of its Parts: Coordination and Leveraging in Gulf Restoration

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Now that the proposed consent decree among the United States, five Gulf states, and BP has been released, there is greater certainty about the amount of funding that will flow to the Gulf for restoration and recovery efforts.

RESTORE Council Draft Initial Funded Priorities List: Charting a Course for Gulf Restoration Activities

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

On August 13, 2015, another important milestone in Gulf restoration was reached: the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released its draft Initial Funded Priorities List (“Draft FPL”).

Deepwater Horizon Settlement: Some Answers, New Questions

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

On July 2, 2015, a monumental announcement was made: an agreement in principle has been reached to settle all federal and state claims against BP arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill for $18.732 billion. This amount includes:

DWH - settlement breakdown

NRDA Early Restoration Breakdown

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

On May 20, 2015, the Deepwater Horizon trustees released a draft plan for a fourth phase of early restoration, which proposed 10 projects costing around $134 million. With this recent announcement, now is a good time to review where the money has been spent so far and how the fourth round fits into the broader early restoration picture. First, we need to review some background.