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In early 2013, a U.S. District Court approved two plea agreements resolving criminal cases against BP and Transocean which arose from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. The agreements direct a total of $2.544 billion to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to fund projects benefiting the natural resources of the Gulf Coast that were impacted by the spill. In Louisiana, this settlement mandated that these funds be dedicated to “create or restore barrier islands off the coast of Louisiana and/or to implement river diversion projects on the Mississippi and/or Atchafalaya Rivers for the purpose of creating, preserving, and restoring coastal habitat.”
No tax dollars will be used on the sediment diversion projects.