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Millions Of BP Spill Money Going To Galveston Birds And Turtles

A federal panel has given tentative approval to more money from BP to fund wildlife restoration along Galveston Island.

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Deborah Wilson speaking
Galveston Island resident Deborah Wilson speaking at public meeting Wednesday evening

Just a few hundred feet off Galveston Island there are hundreds of sea birds on a man-made mini-island called a rookery. More of these breeding areas could be built in coming months if final approval is given to some $20 million dollars from oil-giant BP.

It’s part of a billion dollar pot of money BP put up to compensate Gulf Coast states for damage done by the big spill in 2010. In the latest round of tentatively approved projects is also $45 million dollars for projects that help the endangered Kemp’s Ridley turtle.

At a public meeting, federal and state officials heard from island residents including Deborah Wilson.

“I hope nothing as bad as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill ever happens again but since it did, now is the chance to help the Kemp’s Ridley recover from all those that we’re killed or injured five years ago,” said Wilson.

Marine wildlife activists Karla Klay told officials to consider spending some of the money on centers to educate people about why protecting the environment is important.

“And then we would have less problems in the future with accidents and spills,” said Klay.

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