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Preparing for RESTORE

August 23, 2012

County commissioners Grover Robinson and Gene Valentino reported to the board this morning on their venture to the Florida Association of Counties meeting last week. One topic of discussion during the Panama City Beach meeting was…

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Still Finding BP’s Oil

August 17, 2012

As officials begin to consider how they might spend eventual RESTORE Act money, the impact of BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is still being felt on local beaches. Escambia County currently logs…

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June 27, 2012

Press Release: Congressman Jeff Miller (R-FL-01), today announced that an agreement was reached to include the provisions of the RESTORE Act in the Transportation Reauthorization bill. The RESTORE Act language would require a significant portion of…

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Deal tying BP fines to bill closer

June 27, 2012

Times-Picayune reports today that Senate and House negotiators are nearing agreement on a two-year transportation bill that includes key components of legislation that would funnel billions of dollars in fines from the 2010 BP oil spill…

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BP fines may generate jobs

June 8, 2012

Mather Economics released on Tuesday its report on the economic impact associated with wetland restoration and risk mitigation spending in the Gulf Coast Region, if the BP fine money is allowed to help the Gulf Coast…

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Recruiting clean-up workers for health study

May 23, 2012

Two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, some cleanup workers and volunteers have raised questions about their health. Yesterday, Surgeon General Dr. Regina M. Benjamin,a native of Mobile, Ala., issued…

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Reuters points out ‘landmine’ in BP settlement

May 22, 2012

In its analysis of BP’s settlement agreement with plaintiffs over economic and property damages—estimated value $7.8 billion, Reuters points that BP has the right to terminate the deal if the total of opt-outs “exceeds a number…

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BP oil mats are still out there

May 6, 2012

From Gulf Coast News Today: “A dredge contractor working for the Army Corps of Engineers hit a submerged oil matt Saturday morning causing a strong odor and oily sheen in the area of Outcast Marina, a…

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Papa Bear

April 19, 2012

My latest column for Florida Voices is up: Remembering Papa Bear Thursday, April 19, 2012 — Rick Outzen On April 20, I will be thinking about Blair Manuel and his three daughters. Blair was one of…

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House passes RESTORE ACT

April 18, 2012

The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, which included provisions of the RESTORE Act. Congressmen Jeff Miller (R-FL-01), along with Steve Scalise (R-LA-01), Jo Bonner (R-AL-01) Steve Palazzo…