The Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012—better known as the “RESTORE Act”—was enacted on July 6, 2012.
The RESTORE Act creates a Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund (RTF), which will receive 80% of any Clean Water Act (CWA) civil and administrative penalties paid by BP and other companies responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In total, more than $5.3 billion will flow into the RTF.
Where does the money go?
Funds from the RTF will be divided among five different “pots”:
This is how the $5.328 billion will be distributed:
BP will be paying Clean Water Act civil penalties over a 15-year period, with the first payment to be made in 2017. Transocean and Anadarko have already paid their penalties.
Where do things stand?
Projects have begun to be funded, but the process is still in its early stages. See our Restoration Projects Database and Map for details of project approvals.