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Where’s the Oil Coming From?

For more than a month, a persistent oil sheen has been seen in the Gulf of Mexico near the site of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. After positively linking the oil to BP’s Macondo well, federal officials have suggested the oil is escaping from drilling wreckage on the gulf’s floor, but a [...]

New Claims Czar visits Pensacola

By Shelby Smithey... The looming opt-out date for people who have submitted a claim under the class settlement against BP was on the forefront of discussion during a forum today at Pensacola State College with BP claims administrator Patrick Juneau. Already extended once from Oct. 1 to Nov. [...]

Miller on Possible BP Settlement Option

The U.S. government and BP are in settlement talks over how much the oil company will be paying as a result of the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. One possible offer apparently on the table involves diverting a greater portion of the fines toward a Natural Resource Damage Assessment and reducing [...]

Commission on Oil Spill Response

Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson will be heading to Walton County Wednesday for a meeting of the Florida Commission on Oil Spill Response Coordination. The commission is charged with identifying potential changes to state and federal regulations that would improve oil-spill response [...]

BP settlement hung up on $18 billion, county could be shortchanged

BP settlement hung up on $18 billion, county could be shortchanged

The British newspaper The Sunday Times reported yesterday that oil spill settlement talks between BP and the U.S. government have stalled because the U.S. is insisting that BP pay at least $18 billion for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. A settlement between $18 billion to $21 billion is the [...]

More RESTORE Planning

With the promise of RESTORE Act money on the eventual horizon, the Escambia County Commission today further discussed the process of divvying up the funds. “I find if you have clear rules at the beginning, it makes life easier,” County Administrator Randy Oliver told the board. Much of [...]

Starting Down the RESTORE Road

The Escambia County Commission started down a long road this morning. It is a road potentially paved with many millions in treasure. When the federal government arrives at a dollar amount for Clean Water Act fines levied against BP, the RESTORE Act has guaranteed a good chunk of that money will [...]

SRIA asks for $24.4 million in RESTORE Act funds

SRIA asks for $24.4 million in RESTORE Act funds

By Shelby Smithey... Beach re-nourishment and construction of a new boardwalk are among the six projects the Santa Rosa Island Authority decided on Wednesday that it would submit for funding from the RESTORE Act. Totaling $24.4 million if all six are approved, Pensacola Beach would receive [...]

Preparing for RESTORE

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 the money stemming from the RESTORE Act and fines derived from BP [...]

Still Finding BP’s Oil

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 around 50 pounds of tarballs each month. “They’ve been removing 40 pounds a month, [...]

Escambia Lands First Florida NRDA Project

The first Florida project funded under the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Early Restoration Projects (ERP) will begin next week. The project involves improvements to the Galvez Boat Landing in Escambia County. The $116,694 project will replace existing docks with three new, larger [...]

Viewpoint: RESTORE Money-How to spend it

From Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson: Since the passage of the RESTORE Act, there has been a considerable amount of discussion about how the money should be spent. Different groups have pushed for different actions most of which are looking at ideas which in the past have either [...]

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