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Comment Period for Proposed for Natural Resource Damages Settlement from 2016 Oil Spill in Shell Green Canyon
Aerial view of Gulf of Mexico with oil on the water's surface.
A 2016 spill released an estimated 1,926 barrels of oil from the Shell Green Canyon Block 248 oil production system in the Gulf of Mexico. Image credit: NOAA.

JULY 27, 2018 — The Department of Justice (DOJ) lodged a proposed Consent Decree in federal district court on July 5, 2018, to settle claims of the Trustees (NOAA, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the State of Louisiana) for injuries to natural resources from a 2016 spill.

The oil spill from the Shell Green Canyon Block 248 oil production system in the Gulf of Mexico.released an estimated 1,926 barrels of oil.

The DOJ will accept public comments on the proposed Consent Decree for 30 days. Under the proposed settlement, Shell Offshore, Inc. will pay $3.625 million to the Trustees to plan and implement restoration projects that address the natural resource injuries. The Trustees are scoping projects in the offshore and nearshore environments to restore habitats for the fish, birds, and marine mammals impacted by the spill.

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