“A settlement of this size sends a powerful message to corporate polluters – there’s a steep price to pay for flagrant, chronic violations of laws that protect our environment,” said Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Attorney Erin Gaines, who represents a plaintiff in the case. “With plastics pollution of our oceans at a crisis, the message comes at a vital time.”
- $20 million for creating a cooperative that will revitalize depleted marine ecosystems and develop sustainable fishing, shrimping and oyster harvesting.
- $10 million for environmental development of Green Lake park, the second largest natural lake in Texas, into an environmentally sound public park.
- $2 million to control erosion and restore beaches at Magnolia Beach.
- $5 million for environmental research of San Antonio and Matagorda bay systems and river deltas that feed into them.
- $1 million to support the Nurdle (plastic pellet) Patrols at the University of Texas’s Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, and to give scholarships to allow persons throughout the gulf coast to attend Nurdle Patrol conferences. The brainchild of the reserve’s director Jace Tunnell, the Nurdle Patrols are volunteer groups that collect plastic pellets in order to document and research plastic pollution of the gulf and its shores.
- $750,000 to the YMCA for camps for children to study and learn how to be good stewards of the local marine environment.