Louisiana lawmakers call on BP to pay $15 million to restore oyster habitats

The oyster industry in Louisiana, which provides about 40 percent of the country’s domestic oysters, was devastated by the oil spill.

“Unfortunately, due to the direct and indirect impacts of the oil spill, oyster production precipitously fell in 2010 and continues to trail historic averages,” the letter said.

The lawmakers called on BP to respond to their request by Feb. 22.

“Timing will be critical as the habitat resources need to be in place before the spring spawning season that begins in April,” the letter said.