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Public input sought on proposed projects for about $360 million in RESTORE funds

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 – TCEQ’s executive director will host meetings in Galveston, Corpus Christi
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TCEQ’s executive director, Toby Baker, welcomes the public to provide comment on proposed projects being considered as part of about $360 million of available RESTORE funding during meetings in Galveston and Corpus Christi next week.

The RESTORE funds come from penalties assessed for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Baker, Texas’ representative on the RESTORE Council, is authorized to submit a list of six projects that the council will consider for Bucket 2 grants. The meetings will be on priorities for the roughly $360 million that will be spread out among the five Gulf Coast states.

“I look forward to receiving comments from the public that will help inform the selection of projects that best address Texas’ coastal priorities,” says Baker, who was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to the federal council.

The Galveston meeting will take place on Monday, Sept. 9, from 6-8 p.m. in Ballroom C at the Galveston Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd. Free parking is available in the parking garage beneath the building. There are two entrances on 57th Street and one on the Hilton Hotel side.

The Corpus Christi meeting will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 6-8 p.m. in Room 127 of the Harte Research Institute on the campus of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 6300 Ocean Drive. Parking is available at the Bayside Parking garage on campus.

Working with various Texas-based workgroups and county judges representing eligible counties, Baker identified projects that are being considered for submission as pre-proposals to the RESTORE Council. These identified projects will be the focus of the public meetings. In addition, written comments, which must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, can be submitted to RComments@tceq.texas.gov.

The project list, along with additional information, can be accessed at the Texas RESTORE websiteExit the TCEQ. Baker’s final selection of projects will be made in consultation with Gov. Abbott’s office.