As oil spill injuries are determined and penalties are assessed, multiple avenues for restoration are anticipated. Although the timing and amount of funds related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have not been fully determined, preliminary oil spill restoration planning is underway. With an understanding that the use of restoration funds will be guided by specific criteria, Louisiana is committed to maximizing its investment in oil spill recovery activities by implementing restoration projects that are consistent with the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan to the extent possible.
There continue to be multiple opportunities for public involvement throughout the oil spill restoration planning process. Regular updates are provided at the monthly CPRA Board meetings (a sample presentation from the November 2012 Board meeting is available here). The CPRA will continue to use these public meetings as a forum to discuss updates in the planning process, to seek public input on restoration efforts, and to solicit restoration project ideas.
Each monthly meeting includes a public comment period dedicated to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Additional public meetings specific to oil spill restoration planning will be held in the coming months. Please visit the CPRA calendar for meeting details. In addition to submitting project ideas during the public meetings, restoration projects may also be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we work to restore our coast from the impacts and losses associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill it is important that we have a common vision. The Master Plan will play a crucial role in the selection and development of projects during oil spill restoration planning.