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Federal gov approves more than $200 million for Gulf of Mexico restoration efforts

7 months 3 weeks 5 days ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 December 12, 2019 5:02 AM December 12, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal agencies have approved more than $200 million for 18 projects to restore the open Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 BP oil spill. 

The projects are described in a report released Tuesday. 

The biggest is about $52 million to study deep-sea habitats. 

The smallest is about $300,000 to find ways to keep sea turtles from swallowing longline fishing hooks or tangled in the lines. The money is from a fund created by BP in a 2016 settlement for natural resources damage. 

A nonprofit group called the Ocean Conservancy calls it a major conservation milestone for the Gulf. 

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