State and federal U.S. officials asked British Petroleum Monday to fund an additional 10 environmental repair projects aimed at environmental recovery.
The new orders come as BP’s total reparation payments for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill reached $5.037 billion last week.
The 10 new projects costing $134 million in total will be added to the firm’s environmental reparations bill which has already reached $700 million.
Of the new projects, the most expensive, costing $45 million is aimed at the preservation of endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico.
Another $30 million will be spent on restoring four shorelines and coral reefs that were damaged by the spill off the coast of Mississippi while Alabama will receive $10 million for a similar initiative.
Environmental preservation groups backed the requests aimed at habitat conservation.
Bethany Kraft, director of the Gulf Restoration Program at Ocean Conservancy said "It is past time to begin restoring our impacted deep-water resources and habitats."
"Only by addressing restoration in an integrated and comprehensive way — from the coast to the deep water — can our impacted habitats, wildlife and coastal communities fully recover."
The BP oil spill was the largest maritime spill in history, displacing 4.9 million barrels of oil off the coast of the U.S..
The spill resulted after a wellhead blowout on the Transocean offshore platform, resulting in 11 deaths.
After a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on June 16 2010, BP executives announced that they would set aside $20 billion dollars and establish the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) to handle settlements of damage claims resulting from the spill.