The natural resource trustees are the designated federal, state and tribal agencies who are responsible for the natural resources impacted by an oil spill or hazardous substance release.

They have common interests in sharing information, ideas and expertise necessary to compensate the public for harm to natural resources as a result of oil spills and hazardous substance releases.

Three Texas state agencies have been designated by the Governor to protect, conserve and restore Texas natural resources impacted by oil and hazardous substances.

Texas state trustees work in a partnership with federal trustee agencies;