BP oil money restoration projects
It’s been over seven years since the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, but money from BP continues to flow into the area.
News 25’s Payton Malone met up with leaders of a few projects benefiting from the funds.
The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010 wreaked havoc on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. While the oil cleanup is over, BP oil money continues to flow into South Mississippi. Eighty-three million dollars will soon fund 19 projects, over $9.3 million for the remote oyster setting facility. “We currently have a small remote setting facility at the Port of Gulfport. We’ve been operating for two years now and we will be continuing that on an annual basis and this facility will just help us increase production.”
Which is exactly what the funds aim to do. “Remote setting is a technique used to jump start Mother Nature and if we have healthy oyster reefs we have happy oyster men and the economy as a whole grow.”
At last year’s Restoration Summit, it was announced $60 million would be going to the Coast Water Quality Improvement program which aims to reduce the amount of beach advisories we see here along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. At this year’s summit, an additional four million dollars was announced to be going to the program. Gulf Restoration Network Water Program Director Andrew Whitehurst said, “The additional four million dollars was to track the sources of pollution that are fouling the beaches. They’re gonna look at the bacteria problem that causes beach advisories.”
Even local universities will benefit from the funds, including two million dollars for the new marine research center going up on Highway 90 in Gulfport, which will house USM’s ocean engineering undergraduate program.