Redirecting RESTORE – updated

January 13, 2016

As Escambia County nears the end of its RESTORE journey, local officials have decided to “tweak” the process that will help determine how best to use about $70 million of oil spill restoration funds heading to…


Bayou Chico Restoration update meeting Jan. 13

January 7, 2016

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection invites stakeholders – government representatives, scientists, environmental organizations and others – to attend a meeting that will provide updates on the ongoing efforts to restore Bayou Chico. The restoration plan,…


Viewpoint: Grover on improving environment

January 4, 2016

A viewpoint by Escambia County Commission Chairman Grover Robinson: It’s 8:15 a.m. on the Saturday before Christmas at the Bayou Texar boat launch at the foot of the Cervantes Bridge. My feet are actually warmed by…


Arsenic found in Wedgewood and Perdido ballparks

January 4, 2016

The Wedgewood/Rolling Hills/Olive Heights Homeowners Association has written the Environmental Protection Agency for help. A recent soil report indicates the Lewis Powell ballparks near the opening gate of Rolling Hills landfill are covered in arsenic. The…


Town Hall meeting on Bayou Chico dredging

December 15, 2015

Emeraldcoastkeeper Laurie Murphy is hosting a meeting to discuss the proposed dredging of Bayou Chico. “As you know, there is currently a very controversial and heavily debated dredging issue on Bayou Chico,” wrote Murphy. “After evaluating…


Three local projects get RESTORE funding

December 14, 2015

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council recently approved the initial Funded Priorities List, or FPL, of projects to be funded pursuant to the RESTORE Act during a meeting at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center. Three projects…


RESTORE pitches begin

December 11, 2015

Having whittled the list of projects vying for local RESTORE dollars down to a manageable 62, the Escambia County RESTORE Advisory Committee heard from about half the hopeful applicants during its Dec. 9 meeting. Applicants were…


EPA Superfund needs financial stability

December 9, 2015

Center for Health, Environment & Justice has called for Congress to reinstitute its “polluter’s pay fees” to give the EPA Superfund the financial stability to cleanup toxic sites around the country. One such site that could…


Escambia RESTORE invitations go out this week

December 1, 2015

Knee-deep in the final stages of its work, the Escambia County RESTORE Advisory Committee continued Monday afternoon to wade through potential projects in line for the millions of dollars in oil spill money headed to the…

Environment Pensacola

Podcast: Underhill on Bayou Chico clean-up

November 17, 2015

Escambia County Commissioner Doug Underhill yesterday appeared on News Talk 1370’s ‘Pensacola Speaks’ to talk about the brewing controversy surrounding the dredging of Bayou Chico. Underhill said: “The county purchased the Jackson Lakes property. It used…


Bondi calls Bloomberg a ‘bully’

November 9, 2015

Attorney General Pam Bondi defended Florida’s environmental record and called former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg a “billionaire bully” after she became a target of a political committee he’s funded. Bondi and three other state…