National Academy of Sciences Gets $350-Million in Gulf Oil-Spill Settlement

The academy’s president, Ralph J. Cicerone, said in a written statement that the money would support studies and other projects over a 30-year period with a focus on protecting human health and environmental resources in the Gulf Coast region related to offshore drilling. BP will have no involvement in any decisions related to the program, he said.

Research and recovery efforts linked to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill received a welcome boost on 15 November as part of a landmark settlement by the oil-and-gas giant BP plc. The National Academy of Sciences received a $350-million endowment, to be paid over five years, as part of the company’s resolution of criminal charges with the U.S. government.

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