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$134M proposed for 10 BP-funded oil spill recovery projects

1 year 6 months 1 week ago April 20, 2015 Apr 20, 2015 Monday, April 20 2015 April 20, 2015 5:17 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Janet McConnaughey and Jeff Amy

JACKSON, MS - The trustees overseeing $1 billion provided by BP PLC to jump-start recovery from the 2010 oil spill have proposed another 10 projects totaling $134 million. About $698 million has been spent in three previous rounds.

Four projects would get $116.5 million, including $45 million to protect sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico and $30 million to restore shorelines and reefs in four Mississippi bays.

About $20.6 million would increase waterbird nesting areas on four Texas islands.

And $20 million would pay longline fishermen to set lines aside for the six-month bluefin tuna spawning season, and provide gear less likely to catch sharks and bluefin tuna.

Four Alabama projects would get nearly $11 million, with $136,700 to one Florida project and nearly $7 million to a second project in Mississippi.

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