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The recent settlement with BP has cleared the way for the Region-wide Trustee Implementation Group to begin working. We will develop plans for replenishing and protecting the living coastal and marine resources that were injured by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to begin this important work.

The Region-wide Implementation Group includes a representative of each of the nine Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees. We are responsible for planning and implementing projects that address the injuries experienced by the Gulf’s sea turtles, marine mammals, birds, and oysters and their habitats. All of our work will be consistent with the comprehensive restoration plan finalized by the Trustee Council in April 2016.

Our responsibility to restore the Gulf of Mexico on behalf of the public is very important to us. We are committed to keeping the public informed as we progress from the comprehensive restoration plan to restoration strategies and specific project ideas. As always, we will ask the public to review and comment on each draft restoration plan we produce.

Please watch this space for future updates and feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. We look forward to working together to restore the Gulf.