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‘BP Disaster’ Archives

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 [...]

BP fined for not hiring females for clean-up work

BP pays $5.4M to settle gender bias claims MiamiHerald.com Oil giant BP is paying $5.4 million to settle claims that some of its contractors refused to hire women to help clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Read more.


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 the fines paid by BP and the other responsible [...]

Deal tying BP fines to bill closer

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 to the five Gulf States. It would allocate 80 percent of any [...]

Author says BP owes $192B, not $15B

Author says BP owes $192B, not $15B

Antonio Juhasz, author of "'Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill," has calculated the total cost to BP for its Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, including the loss of life, economic damages and environmental fines. He came up with $192 billion. Oops, the BP Barbies won't be [...]

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.

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