“Data we have seen thus far indicates that the environmental catastrophe that so many feared, perhaps understandably at the time, did not come to pass, and the Gulf is recovering faster than expected. This is in large part due to the Gulf’s resilience, natural processes and the effectiveness of response and clean-up efforts mounted by BP under the direction of the federal government.
Five years of environmental data from the response and the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), as well as data collected before the accident, indicate that most of the impact occurred in 2010 and was primarily limited to areas near the wellhead and along heavily oiled beaches and marshes. Data from established regulatory programs that have monitored fish, shellfish and birds for decades, as well as other publicly available data, show that the populations of fish, shellfish and birds in the years after the accident are consistent with pre-spill levels and trends. We have not seen data to indicate that there have been population-level impacts from the spill on any species in the Gulf of Mexico. Further data collection and analysis, particularly on long-lived species, continues.
We remain committed to restoring those natural resources that reliable data and science determine the spill injured.”