WASHINGTON, D.C. –(ENEWSPF)–July 2, 2015. U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell released the following statement on the news today that BP disclosed it has reached agreements in principle with the United States, state, and local governments for a settlement of civil claims arising from the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico:
“This is an incredibly significant step in our efforts to make the Gulf Coast whole in the wake of the largest environmental disaster in our nation’s history. If approved by the court, this settlement would help restore the natural resources that were impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but to also build back the resiliency of the region, which is critical to the health of our economy and environment.
“As the discussions move forward, the Department of the Interior is fully committed to working with our fellow Trustees to ensure that people who live all along the coast and other stakeholders continue to have every opportunity to be engaged in these meaningful recovery and restoration efforts.”