A federal judge in New Orleans has gave final approval Monday for a massive settlement in the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Over a 16-year period, BP will pay out $20 billion for the Deepwater Horizon explosion that sent millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf, covering more than 40,000 miles between Florida and Texas. In 2014, a study reported that the spill had killed more than one million birds alone as a result.
Its finally time for BP to pay for what they broke,” said Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold. “Now we can focus on rebuilding America’s Delta. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to protect Gulf Coast communities and the wildlife that need intact coastlines. It’s time to start the recovery process for millions of birds and people alike.”