$88 million for Gulf oil spill projects to be announced

Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 09:08 AM.

Patronis said the projects could strengthen the Gulf and make the Panhandle environment more sustainable. “I think these dollars will be well warranted to help in those efforts,” he said.

The projects come through the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process, which establishes a damage assessment and lays out a restoration plan.

In 2011, BP reached an agreement to put $1 billion toward early restoration projects: $500 million divided equally among Alabama, Florida Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas; $200 million for federal agencies; and $300 million for extra state-proposed restoration projects, according to DEP’s website.

This isn’t the first round of NRDA projects. The governor announced $58 million in early restoration projects in the spring, including $5.4 million for oyster restoration. That was phase III; the two other phases’ projects totaled $11.4 million.

The announcement at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Panama City Marina at 1 Harrison Ave. is open to the public.

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