As the five-year anniversary approaches later this month of the BP oil spill, the Environmental Defense Fund is gearing up for monitoring how restoration money is used to repair damage.
The Restore Act sets aside 80 percent of the still-undetermined billions of dollars in fines BP will be ordered to pay in Clean Water Act fines.
Some projects are already drawing critics. The Gulf Restoration Network is suing to block the money from being used for an Alabama convention center.
Natalie Peyronnin is director of science policy for the Environmental Defense Fund.