RESTORE Act discussed by Washington County Commissioners

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 03:01 PM.

CHIPLEY — Getting RESTORE Act funds for local projects may take some effort, but it is possible that some of the federal money could find its way to Washington County.

Senior Planner Mike DeRuntz gave a presentation to the Washington County Board of County Commissioners Wednesday outlining the steps needed for the county to pursue recognition as an area impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010.

DeRuntz was given approval by the board to pursue the federal funds and prepare working on a grant proposal.

Deepwater Horizon was the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

0n April 20, 2010, an explosion on the rig caused by a blowout and killed 11 crewmen. The explosion also ignited a fireballl visible from 35 miles away.

The resulting fire could not be extinguished and, on April 22, Deepwater Horizon sank, leaving the well gushing at the sea bed, according to hazmatmag.com.

The total amount of money that will be garnered through Clean Water Act civil and administrative penalties is unknown, but the fines that BP pays will go into the RESTORE Act trust fund will be divided 80-20, with 20 percent going into a oil spill liability trust fund and the 80 percent getting divided between the states (35 percent), the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Allocation (30 percent), Oil Spill Restoration Impact Allocation (30 percent), the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Science, Observation, Monitoring & Technology Program (2.5 percent) and the Centers of Excellence (2.5 percent), according to a flow chart prepared by the Ocean Conservancy which DeRuntz presented to the commissioners.



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