Officials have approved plans to spend $627 million on 44 projects meant to aid recovery from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but environmentalists are fuming that $85.5 million will go to an Alabama beachfront hotel they say will hurt rather than help the Gulf.
BP PLC provided $1 billion in 2011 as a coastal restoration down payment following the Deepwater Horizon spill. Trustees, including the five Gulf states and four federal agencies, approved the plans Friday. Two earlier phases totaling $71 million are already approved. BP will likely have to pay more after environmental fines are levied.
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The money is meant to improve the environment or public access. The single biggest sum, $318 million, will go to restore barrier islands off Louisiana's rapidly eroding coast.