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Bay spill may merit broad federal damage assessment, restoration plan - The Galveston County Daily News : Local News

November 25, 2014

Bay spill may merit broad federal damage assessment, restoration plan

Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 12:30 am | Updated: 3:14 pm, Mon Mar 31, 2014.

GALVESTON — Sometime after the March 22 oil spill is declared contained, a team representing several federal and state agencies will decide whether the event warrants a full Natural Resource Damage Assessment.

Such assessments, which typically take about three years to complete, try to determine the type and amount of restoration needed to compensate the public for harm to natural resources and their human uses that occur as a result of an oil spill, said Tom Brosnan, an environmental scientist and communications manager in the Assessment and Restoration Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Response and Restoration.

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