On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon Macondo oil well drilling platform started the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history, releasing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Texas OneGulf was established in January 2015 as a Texas Center of Excellence after the Deepwater Horizon disaster to advance research into ongoing impacts from the oil spill and other long-term issues that threaten the health and sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico.
On July 6, 2012, the President signed into law the RESTORE Act, establishing a trust fund for programs, projects, and activities that restore and protect the environment and economy of the Gulf Coast region.
The RESTORE Act established the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, including representatives of the Gulf states and federal agency heads, to develop and implement a comprehensive plan for spill recovery.
On January 3, 2013, Deepwater Horizon rig operator Transocean plead guilty to violating the Clean Water Act, settling for $1.4 billion in civil and criminal penalties. Halliburton would later settle for $1.1 billion.
On Sept. 4, 2014 a federal judge found BP guilty under the Clean Water Act of gross negligence and willful misconduct for spilling 4.2 million barrels of oil in the Gulf. BP is liable for billions in additional damages.
TCEQ Commissioner Toby Baker announced the selection of Texas OneGulf as one of two consortia to establish Centers of Excellence in Texas as part of the ongoing implementation of the federal RESTORE Act.
On July 2, 2015, BP and the Gulf states announced a $18.7 billion settlement to be used for Clean Water Act penalties and other spill claims. A portion will go to Texas OneGulf to fund science that will restore the Gulf.
We Are Nine Texas Institutions
Texas OneGulf is a consortium of nine top state institutions led by the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with wide-ranging expertise in the environment, the economy and human health.
What We're Doing Today
The RESTORE Act designates five disciplines that must be addressed: coastal sustainability, restoration and protection; fisheries and wildlife research and monitoring; safe offshore energy development; sustainable and resilient economic growth; and comprehensive Gulf of Mexico observation, monitoring and mapping. Texas OneGulf has identified the following priorities for its first two years that meet these requirements:
Texas OneGulf Network of Experts (TONE)
TONE is a network of 142 Gulf experts that Texas leaders may call on to help develop science driven solutions to Gulf problems and respond to Gulf related emergencies, assuring that the best available science is brought to bear on them.
Strategic Research and Action Plan
A blueprint to guide Texas institutional research on the Gulf of Mexico. It will assure that Texas institutions are addressing the priority issues affecting its citizens while maximizing cooperative research and eliminating duplication.
Texas Knowledge Base
The largest ever Gulf of Mexico database to ensure Texas scientists, resource managers, decision-makers and the public have real-time access to the best available science and information.
Disaster Research Capability for Texas
An infrastructure to support disaster research response, encompassing environmental, human health and economic assessment capabilities that can be rapidly employed to assess impacts along the Texas Gulf Coast in real-time.
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