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Dispersed oil floats on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico waters close to the site of the BP oil spill as Discoverer Enterprise drill ship is seen on the horizon approximately 42 miles off the coast of Louisiana in this May 18, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Hans Deryk/Files

$134M approved for 10 BP-funded oil spill recovery projects

NEW ORLEANS — A panel has approved using $134 million provided by BP PLC on 10 projects to help the Gulf of Mexico recover from the company’s catastrophic 2010 offshore oil spill.

A trustee council made up of state and federal officials overseeing ecological restoration from the oil spill Wednesday approved the distribution of the money.

About $126 million will go to ecological projects for sea turtles, fish, vegetation and birds and $8 million on enhancing recreational uses.

In 2011, in anticipation of future restoration costs meted out through the courts, BP offered to spend $1 billion to spur the recovery of the Gulf. BP is expected to spend billions of dollars more on restoration.

So far, with these new projects included, about $832 million of the $1 billion has been awarded.

In related news, BP settlement money flows to governments in far-flung places.

This article was written by Cain Burdeau from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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