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How Plans To Fix BP Spill Damage Will Also Help Fix Leftover Damage From Hurricane Ike

As the legal case against BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill continues, plans on how to fix the damage are taking shape. And the public is getting a chance at a hearing this evening in Galveston to see how the repairs will look along the Texas Gulf Coast.

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The hearing at Texas A&M University at Galveston will showcase the earliest phases of what’s expected to be many years’ worth of oil spill restoration projects. Tom Harvey is with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

“The trustees and BP hammered out a $1 billion agreement for early restoration, so we could get started before the legal case is completed in the courts.”

The share of that being spent in Texas in this phase is almost $18.5 million dollars.  The bulk of that will go toward repairing beach facilities Hurricane Ike damaged at Galveston Island State Park. Harvey says even though the damage happened during a hurricane, the park was still affected by the downturn in tourism thanks to the oil spill.

“When there are toxic spills the responsible parties, or the companies responsible, are required to mitigate for the damage that they cause.  And that mitigation doesn’t necessarily have to happen in the  same place for the exact same type of resources.”

In addition to fixing the beach at Galveston Island State Park, other projects for Texas include minor renovations at Sea Rim State Park near Port Arthur, and more than $7 million dollars for three artificial reefs off Freeport, Matagorda, and farther out in the Gulf. 

Details on the projects can be found at GulfSpillRestoration.NOAA.gov.

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