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Judge approves Conoco contamination settlement, value $9.5 million

Judge approves Conoco contamination settlement, value $9.5 million

Following a hearing on September 4, 2013, an Escambia County Circuit Court has granted final approval of a class settlement and certification of a settlement class of property owners affected by the continued migration of a plume of groundwater contamination from the Conoco/Agrico Superfund Site, [...]

State DEP wants to sell local parks, some local tax dollars helped to buy

State DEP wants to sell local parks, some local tax dollars helped to buy

Florida Department of Environmental Protection is considering selling parts of Blackwater Heritage State Trail in Santa Rosa County and Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park in southwest Escambia County. They are part of the more than 5,300 acres from 168 different parcels at 67 state parks and other [...]

RESTORE meeting theme: environmental and economic sustainability

RESTORE meeting theme: environmental and economic sustainability

By Jessica Forbes During Monday’s meeting of the Escambia County RESTORE Act Advisory Committee, the committee heard from three experts in cultural and environmental specialties and continued to discuss the mechanics of the eventual application and evaluation process for local projects seeking [...]

Viewpoint: My little debate with Jeff Miller on climate change (video)

By Larry Chamblin I approached the Scenic 90 Diner at 6:45 Tuesday (8-13) morning with the knowledge that I was headed into a political environment that I understand mostly from reading local letters to the editor. In other words, I don’t know many people on the right. So, here am I, a [...]

BP fraud toll-free number hijacked

BP fraud toll-free number hijacked

The fraud hotline that BP has been advertising in the Pensacola News Journal and other daily newspapers along the Gulf Coast has been hijacked by protestors upset the British oil giant for not paying legitimate claims as the result of the 2010 BP oil disaster that dumped over 200 million gallons of [...]

BP CEO wants to get back to business as usual. Not so fast, Dudley

BP CEO wants to get back to business as usual. Not so fast, Dudley

BP CEO Robert Dudley laments what he sees as public hatred for oil companies in the United States and claims other nations love the oil industry. He said that he expected to have the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the oil spill behind them by now, but blames the British oil giant's troubles on [...]

Revenge of the BP Barbies

Revenge of the BP Barbies

In the weeks after Deepwater Horizon explosion in April 2010, but before the oil and tar balls began washing ashore, BP sent out into the coastal communities of the Gulf Coast an army of young, female marketing reps to handle the scared, angry mobs of locals worried about their businesses and [...]

Buzz: Bureaucratic mess leads to new couch being bought before needs of handicapped met

Buzz: Bureaucratic mess leads to new couch being bought before needs of handicapped met

Barbara Albrecht, the president of the Bream Fishermen Association, is upset with the bureaucratic nightmare at Pensacola City Hall. Her group, which supports, develops, and implements programs which promote the conservation and recreational benefits of fishing, hunting, camping, and related [...]

Feeding Frenzy and the Goldmine

The Escambia County RESTORE Act Advisory Committee on Monday heard presentations on both environment and economy. William O. Cleckley, of the Northwest Florida Water Management District, provided committee members with information about restoring the ecosystem through the acquisition of land. He [...]

Study Finds Toxic Metal Concentrations in Gulf Whales Are Likely the Highest In the World

Study Finds Toxic Metal Concentrations in Gulf Whales Are Likely the Highest In the World

The sperm whales of the Gulf of Mexico have higher levels of chromium and nickel in their systems than sperm whales found anywhere else in the world, according to the preliminary analysis of Operation Toxic Gulf, a joint venture between Ocean Alliance and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. This [...]

East Hill Residents Receive Claim Extension

Thousands of East Hill neighborhood residents who received notices in the mail earlier this summer inviting them to participate in a class action lawsuit settlement as reparation for a plume of unwanted chemicals migrating through their soil and groundwater now have additional time to submit [...]

Operation Toxic Gulf: Final Port Call, Presentation, and Boat Tours

Operation Toxic Gulf: Final Port Call, Presentation, and Boat Tours

This Sunday, August 4, Open Books will host the final presentation of the summer from the Operation Toxic Gulf crew, who are currently wrapping up the last leg of their 2013 study. Representatives from Ocean Alliance and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will present photographs and results of [...]

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