BP's $340 Million To Restore 4 Barrier Islands, Build 2 Fisheries Labs

"Louisiana will receive $340 million from BP in early Natural Resource Damage Assessment money for four projects to restore barrier islands and to finance two coastal science centers, Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Tuesday in a news conference in Jean Lafitte. The money comes from $1 billion that BP set aside in 2011 to build early projects to compensate for damages to natural resources resulting from the three-month flow of oil resulting from the blowout of BP's Macondo well in April 2010."

"The projects include almost $320 million for restoration of Whiskey Island, also known as the Caillou Lake Headlands, in Terrebonne Parish; and the Cheniere Ronquille headland, Shell Island and North Breton Island in Plaquemines Parish. Another $22 million will be spent on the two fish stock research and enhancement centers in Lake Charles and Pointe a la Hache.

'In total, these projects will create thousands of acres of dune and marsh and will restore several miles of our barrier island beaches,' Jindal said during a news conference at Jean Lafitte City Hall attended by parish and city officials and several state legislators. 'These islands help to protect our coast and our communities. They’ve been eroding at alarming rate and the oil spill has exacerbated this loss.' "

Mark Schleifstein reports for the New Orleans Times-Picayune April 30, 2013.

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"BP Will Finance $340 Million in Gulf Restoration Projects" (AP)

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 05/01/2013