Michael Swearingen: BP Settlement for Minnesota's Loons


Minnesota loons could benefit from an $18.7 billion legal settlement over the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a Department of Natural Resources official said Wednesday.

Minnesota could receive up to $25 million over the next 15 years from the settlement between oil company BP and the federal government, Carrol Henderson, the department’s nongame wildlife supervisor, told MPR News.

Scientists have conducted a large amount of research documenting the effects of the April 2010 oil spill on wildlife, and the settlement might not have been reached without that research, Henderson said.

”Loons and pelicans were actually in the gulf in April when the oil spill first occurred,” he said. “My recollection is that there was just shy of 200 loons that were found dead in the oil.”

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