The Gulf of St. Lawrence has become the epicenter of a massive cleanup effort in the US, where the number of spills is growing.
A new US Army Corps of Engineers report says the Corps has committed $5.3 billion in the Gulf, and will spend $6.7 billion for the next five years to deal with oil and gas production and spill response in the region.
A total of 4.2 billion barrels of oil were spilled last year in the gulf, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
A $2.2-billion oil spill in the Red Sea last year led to a shutdown of oil tankers and a delay in the start of the Gulf Coast oil spill response, but cleanup efforts have been relatively straightforward and relatively inexpensive in recent years.
Now the US will spend an additional $2 billion in 2019 to help mitigate the spill in this region, and the Corps is considering spending $4.5 billion in 2020 to protect ports and waterways from oil spills, according the report.
The report does not provide a timeline for the deployment of the US Army’s new Deepwater Horizon drilling rig to the Gulf.
The rig was ordered into the Gulf in October 2016.
It is expected to begin operations soon.
The Gulf oil spill is one of the worst in US history.
The cleanup is expected, and some states have already pledged to help pay for the costs.
But many Gulf residents have questioned how the money will be spent, and whether the US can adequately protect them from the oil that spilled.
The US will deploy the Deepwater Challenger drilling rig in the U.S. Gulf of Saint Lawrence.
Here, the oil rig is parked on the dock.
The US is spending an additional amount of money to help reduce the spill at the Gulf site.