Half a dozen US charities and nature groups are hailing new draft plans for restoring communities and ecosystems hit by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
British oil giant BP is pumping $1billion into the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment group. Its trustees yesterday set out how they will begin restoring natural resources.
A group statement from the Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, Ocean Conservancy and Oxfam America, all working on the Gulf cleanup, said:
“The trustees rightly recognise the urgent need for a comprehensive strategy that puts BP’s $1 billion down payment on the Natural Resource Damage Assessment to work quickly.”
The 2010 oil spill, the largest in recorded US history, was caused by a blowout at BP’s Macondo rig which claimed 11 lives.