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Louisiana Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

On April 20, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and subsequently sank approximately 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana. The nation will forever remember the 11 people who lost their lives that day. This disaster, which has been recognized as the largest unintentional oil spill in history, is estimated to have discharged more than 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Coastal Louisiana, the most productive ecosystem in the nation and home to nearly 40% of the nation's wetlands, was severely affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. As oil continues to impact our coast, the State of Louisiana is leading efforts to assess the damages and restore our natural resources.

Natural Resource Damage Assessment

Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) is a legal process under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) and the Louisiana Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act of 1991 (LOSPRA) whereby designated trustees represent the public to ensure that natural resources injured in an oil spill are restored.

The Oil Pollution Act authorizes certain federal agencies, states and Indian tribes, collectively known as the Natural Resource Trustees (Trustees) to evaluate the impacts of an oil spill on natural resources. Trustees are charged with making the environment and the public whole for injuries to natural resources and services resulting from an incident involving a discharge of oil or substantial threat of a discharge of oil. Making the environment whole includes both restoring injured resources to the condition they would have been in but for the discharge as well as compensating for the temporal loss of natural resources, and the ecosystem services they provide, from the time of injury until the time they are fully restored. Read more.

NRDA Workplans

The Trustees have and will continue to release study plans developed over the course of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Read more.

What's New

Public Meeting: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 5:30
The Louisiana TIG will host a public meeting on January 24, 2018; 5:30 p.m.; University of New Orleans, Homer Hitt Alumni Center, Geoghegan Grand Ballroom, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70148.

Draft Strategic Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #3: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats in the Barataria Basin, Louisiana
The LA TIG has prepared the Draft SRP/EA to analyze strategic restoration alternatives associated with the restoration of wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitat resources and services in the Barataria Basin, which was heavily impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and associated response efforts (DWH oil spill). 

Public Comment Period: December 20, 2017 - February 5, 2018

CANCELED: Due to inclement weather conditions, the January 17 meeting has been canceled.

The Louisiana TIG will host a public meeting on January 24, 2018; 5:30 p.m.; University of New Orleans, Homer Hitt Alumni Center, Geoghegan Grand Ballroom, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70148.

The January 24 public meeting will also be live streamed on the Coastal Protection Authority Board's Facebook page. 



  Draft Strategic Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #3: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats in the Barataria Basin, Louisiana
  Executive Summary

Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #2: Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities
The LA TIG has prepared the Draft RP/EA to inform the public about DWH NRDA restoration planning efforts and to seek public comment on the proposed alternatives for engineering and design, and construction in this Draft RP/EA. 

Public Comment Period: December 20, 2017 - TBD.

CANCELED: Due to inclement weather conditions, the January 17 meeting has been canceled. The Louisiana Trustees are asking the public to attend a meeting on January 24 in New Orleans to hear about the Draft RP/EA.

The Louisiana TIG will host a public meeting on January 24, 2018; 5:30 p.m.; Universityof New Orleans, Homer Hitt Alumni Center, Geoghegan Grand Ballroom, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70148.

The January 24 public meeting will also be live streamed on the Coastal Protection Authority Board's Facebook page. 



  Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #2: Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities
  Executive Summary

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