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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…

BP Disaster confirms buzz on RESTORE

April 17, 2012

BP Gulf oil spill fine money tied to transportation bill 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…

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Sheen Seen in Gulf

April 12, 2012

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.…

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BP Filing Flurry

April 2, 2012

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…

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RESTORE Act Dropped

March 30, 2012

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…

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My Florida Voices column gains momentum

March 19, 2012

Check out my latest column for Florida Voices. Please tweet and “like” it on Facebook. Thanks BP Settles? Pardon My Laughter By Rick Outzen Florida Voices BP says its proposed $7.8 billion settlement will complete…