MMS awards $67 million in grants

The Minerals Management Service (MMS) has awarded $67 million in grants to Alabama, Alaska, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas and their political subdivisions in 2009 through the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP).

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WASHINGTON, DC -- The Minerals Management Service (MMS) has awarded $67 million in grants to Alabama, Alaska, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas and their political subdivisions in 2009 through the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP).

Created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the CIAP provides funding to the six outer continental shelf oil and gas producing states to mitigate the impacts of energy development on marine and coastal areas.

MMS awarded funds to the eligible states in 2009 for 86 projects - Alabama, three; Alaska, 14; Louisiana, 29; Mississippi, 20; and Texas, 20. California’s first grant award is expected in the coming weeks.

The majority of the projects focus on conservation, protection, and restoration of coastal areas, including wetlands.

01/20/2010

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