$302M in BP oil spill money budgeted to restore ecosystems

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Texas can get up to $79 million in BP oil spill restoration money, Mississippi nearly $69 million, and Florida almost $74 million for recently approved ecological projects and programs.

A group set up to decide how to spend the money listed $302 million in planning and implementation for 20 projects and programs Wednesday.

But the RESTORE Council notes that $161 million of that has been budgeted but needs more evaluation.

Alabama is the lead for $40 million in projects that cross state lines.

The projects are part 2 of a group of proposals that brought $130 million last year to Louisiana and $26.9 million to Alabama.

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