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Microbial Communities Shifted Dramatically After Deepwater Horizon Spill

Microbial Communities Shifted Dramatically After Deepwater Horizon Spill

Communities of microbial organisms -- species such as nematodes, protists and fungi -- on beaches along the Gulf of Mexico changed significantly following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010, research from the University of New Hampshire’s Hubbard Center for Genome Studies (HCGS) and [...]

BP fines may generate jobs

BP fines may generate jobs

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 recover from the 2010 oil disaster. The study attempted to forecast employment [...]

Recruiting clean-up workers for health study

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 new TV and radio public service announcements (PSAs) inviting oil [...]

Reuters points out ‘landmine’ in BP settlement

Reuters points out ‘landmine’ in BP settlement

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 agreed to by the parties." Read more.

BP oil mats are still out there

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 city official said." Read more.

Papa Bear

Papa Bear

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 the 11 men killed on that day two years in the explosion of Deepwater Horizon, a floating [...]

House passes RESTORE ACT

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 (R-MS-04), Jeff Landry (R-LA-03), Pete Olson [...]

Nola.com confirms buzz on RESTORE

BP Gulf oil spill fine money tied to transportation bill NOLA.com Mary Landrieu, D-La., who led efforts to pass the RESTORE Act in the Senate, was encouraged by the House decision to include language creating a trust fund for the 80 percent of BP fines that would be targeted to the five Gulf [...]

Sheen Seen in Gulf

After spotting a sheen in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday, a federal agency has required to Royal Dutch Shell to send down a remote submersible to check the sea floor for leaking wells or natural seepage. “The source has not been identified,” said Eileen Angelico, a public affairs officer with [...]

Sen. Nelson Talks RESTORE & More

Sen. Nelson Talks RESTORE & More

Senator Bill Nelson checked in with local political and community leaders this morning in Pensacola, spending most of the meeting discussing the RESTORE Act. The Florida senator said that the effort to keep 80 percent of fine money resulting from BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf Coast region had [...]

BP Filing Flurry

There have been several legal filings lately regarding the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP wants evidence from the feds. An ex-NASA engineer wants money. And the region’s Asian American population doesn’t want to be discriminated against. Last week in a filing in U.S. district court [...]

RESTORE Act Dropped

The RESTORE Act is adrift again. While lawmakers had attach the act to a failed transportation bill, the House this week decided to pass a temporary transportation bill sans RESTORE. Introduced last year, the act was drafted in an effort to direct fine money resulting from BP’s Gulf of Mexico [...]

Another Deep Water Deepwater?

For nearly a week, workers have scrambled to stop a gas leak at a drilling platform in the North Sea’s Elgin field. The scene has similarities to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “It’s a similar situation in that it’s not something that can easily be controlled,” said Jackie [...]

My Florida Voices column gains momentum

Check out my latest column for Florida Voices. Please tweet and "like" it on Facebook. Thanks http://www.floridavoices.com/columns/rick-outzen/bp-settles-pardon-my-laughter BP Settles? Pardon My Laughter By Rick Outzen Florida Voices BP says its proposed $7.8 billion settlement will [...]

Surveying the Spill

What was the impact of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill on Escambia County? How did it impact residents and businesses? What were the losses, both tangible and emotional? Kelcey Killingsworth, a graduate student at the University of Florida, wants to know. As part of her dissertation, the grad [...]

Gulf Coast Claims Facility shutting down

Gulf Coast Claims Facility shutting down

The Gulf Coast Claims Facility, the BP contractor that handles the claims from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, has announced on its website that if the settlement is completed and approved by the Court, there will be a new settlement claims center to replace the GCCF. Kenneth Feinberg and Feinberg [...]

Florida counties unite for RESTORE Act

This week, a coalition of Gulf Coast counties coordinated by the Florida Association of Counties released a web video stressing the importance of ensuring any fines collected due to the DeepWater Horizon Oil Spill are distributed to those states and counties directly impacted from this tragedy.

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