MEDIA ADVISORY: Jan. 29, 2014
DEEPWATER HORIZON NATURAL RESOURCE TRUSTEES CANCEL PANAMA CITY MEETING DUE TO WEATHER
PANAMA CITY– Due to concerns about the serious weather conditions, the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees have canceled the public meeting in Panama City for tonight, January 29. Yesterday, Bay County declared an emergency because of winter weather conditions, and the Trustees did not want to hold an event that might endanger public safety and encourage driving on potentially icy roads.
The Deepwater Horizon NRDA Trustees will host a public meeting on Monday, February 3rd at the Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E. Gregory St. An open house will begin at 6:00p.m. CST. The meeting presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by a public comment session. The purpose of the public meeting is to solicit public comment on the Draft Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Draft Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement.
The Draft Phase III ERP/PEIS describes the third and largest round of projects proposed to receive funding from the $1 billion BP committed to Early Restoration in April 2011, along with a proposed programmatic plan and programmatic environmental impact statement for continuing early restoration.
The public comment period on the Draft Phase III ERP/PEIS has been extended from Feb. 4 through Feb. 19. The public is encouraged to provide comments through the website, www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov. An electronic copy of the Plan may also be downloaded at this site. For more information on the State of Florida’s oil spill recovery efforts visit www.deepwaterhorizonflorida.com.