NOAA’s $8.8B Oil Spill Restoration Plan: Meetings For Public Comment Announced

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal-state oversight team has released an $8.8 billion plan to restore Gulf of Mexico areas damaged by the 2010 oil spill and compensate the public for pre-restoration loss of natural resources and services.

         Evening meetings are scheduled across the Gulf and in Washington for public comment on the 690-page plan posted Monday in seven files on the Gulf Spill Restoration website.

         Louisiana meetings are Oct. 19 in Houma and Oct. 22 in New Orleans.

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         Mississippi's is Oct. 20 in Long Beach.

         Comments also can be mailed or sent online.

         Money includes $1 billion that BP provided soon after the spill and another $7.1 billion under a settlement finalized Monday. Authorities say there's up to $700 million more to deal with currently unknown damages.

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