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Gulf Restoration Groups Praise Historic Settlement for Oil Spill

Transocean penalties a step forward for unprecedented restoration efforts

Washington, D.C. | January 03, 2013

Gulf restoration and economic development groups lauded the announcement today from the Department of Justice that it has reached an historic settlement with Transocean for its role in the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Today’s $1.4 billion settlement will be paid under the Clean Water Act for civil and criminal penalties. A significant portion of those funds will be used to restore the Gulf, as directed by the RESTORE Act.

The groups issued the following statement:

“This is a great day for the Gulf environment and the communities that rely on a healthy ecosystem for their livelihoods,” said Environmental Defense Fund, Greater New Orleans Inc., National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, Oxfam America and Ocean Conservancy. “We thank the Department of Justice for their leadership in holding Transocean accountable and look forward to full resolution of the case with other responsible parties, which will allow restoration efforts in the Gulf to get fully underway.”

“With this settlement, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council finally has some funding to begin implementing a comprehensive plan for ecosystem restoration that will rebuild the environment of the Gulf and the communities that rely upon it.”

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Heather Layman
The Nature Conservancy

Elizabeth Skree
Environmental Defense Fund

David Ringer
National Audubon Society

Shelley Sparks
Ocean Conservatory

Laura Rusu
Oxfam America

Jaclyn McDougal
National Wildlife Federation

Matt Wolfe
Greater New Orleans Inc.

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