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Boos for Bondi

I'm writing weekly for the website Florida Voices. My columns are published every Wednesday. My latest on Pam Bondi and BP - http://www.floridavoices.com/columns/rick-outzen/bondi-sides-bp-against-gulf-coast-businesses-citizens

The Doctor Is In

The Doctor Is In

The GuLF STUDY—a federal exploration into possible health impacts following the 2010 oil spill—is heading south for another tour. “Just Florida this time,” said Dr. Dale Sandler, as she prepared for her trip. Sandler, chief of the epidemiology branch at the National Institute of [...]

Bondi goes after attorneys representing those hurt by BP disaster

Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed a brief in the multi-district oil spill proceedings in New Orleans challenging a plan to take hundreds of millions of dollars from the individual and business claimants who have decided to pursue non-litigation recoveries through the claims process required [...]

The ‘Make Us Whole’ Boat Ramps

How will we be ‘made whole’ following the 2010 oil spill? For starters, how about some boat ramps for $4.4 million? Over the next few weeks, the Gulf Coast public is being asked to weigh in on potential restoration projects laid out in the Deepwater Horizon Draft Phase I Early Restoration [...]

Oil Spill Restoration Meeting

The second in a series of meetings to explore early oil-spill restoration will be held tonight at the University of West Florida. The Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustees are seeking public comment on the Deepwater Horizon Draft Phase I Early Restoration Plan and [...]

BP clean-up contractors say they are owed millions

BP clean-up contractors say they are owed millions

Biloxi Sun Herald reports the companies that responded to the BP oil catastrophe claim that they are still fighting for payments due from the time the Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded in the Gulf in April 2010. Several contractors told the Sun Herald their businesses have suffered because of [...]

Oil Spill Health Study Comes to Town

Oil Spill Health Study Comes to Town

Following the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers of various stripes have been studying the disaster’s possible impacts. What did the spill do to the environment? What did the spill do to the Gulf region’s economics? And, what did the oil spill do to us? Next week, [...]

From the Obvious Dept: New study shows BP oil spill was avoidable

From the Obvious Dept: New study shows BP oil spill was avoidable

The risk management company Licata Risk Advisors calls the BP Gulf oil spill "the worst risk management story, and the best risk management story." The company believes the spill illustrates how a working risk management program could have (would have) prevented the disaster. According to [...]

Reading Between BP’s Lines

Reading Between BP’s Lines

BP’s latest PR blitz—stressing the company’s ‘ongoing commitment’—has a glitch. It hides amidst shots of sparkling beaches and good times on the Gulf Coast. You’ve got to look quick, but there they are, just under a minute into the new commercial. On a strip of sun-drenched sand, [...]

BP Gulf Coast Claims Facility halts payments

This notice is on the GCCF website: IMPORTANT NOTICE In an Order and Reasons of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, dated December 28, 2011, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (“GCCF”) has been ordered to withhold 6% of any and all amounts determined to be [...]

BP to party at Sugar Bowl like its pre-2010

BP to party at Sugar Bowl like its pre-2010

Press Release: The Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee yesterday announced the 2012 Gulf Coast Seafood & Tourism Bash presented by BP in conjunction with the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Allstate BCS National Championship. The Gulf Coast Seafood & Tourism Bash will be a two-week celebration of Gulf Coast [...]

Cameron loses appeal in BP case

Bloomberg reports Cameron International Corp. lost its appeal to derail the February nonjury trial over which companies should be blamed for the 2010 BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rejected Cameron's claim that U.S. District Judge [...]

BP’d Off

While BP, along with federal and state governments, appear ready to move into the restoration phase of post-spill efforts, there are others who are hung up on claims. Like David Helland, who runs a charter boat out of Dauphin Island, Ala. “Ken Feinberg and BP promised to make me whole, and [...]

BP settles with blowout preventer manufacturer

BP settles with blowout preventer manufacturer

Oil giant BP has agreed a settlement with contractor Cameron International, designer and manufacturer of the he blow-out preventer on the Deepwater Horizon rig. Under the agreement, which settles all claims between the firms, Cameron will pay BP $250m, that will be added to the $20-billion trust [...]

RESTORE Act Fines Could Provide Job Opportunities on Gulf Coast

The RESTORE Act would ensure that 80 percent of the fines from the BP oil spill last year would go to restore the Gulf region. EDF Press Release  -- The Clean Water Act penalties from last year’s BP oil disaster could kick start the launch of a long-term investment in ecosystem restoration [...]

Bargain Basement BP-Boom

Bargain Basement BP-Boom

Still searching for Christmas gifts? How about 3,000 feet of hard boom left over from the 2010 oil spill? The City of Orange Beach, Ala., is auctioning off its surplus boom on govdeals.com. “We’d all be happy to get $10,000,” said Phillip West, the city’s coastal resources [...]

Evil vs. Evil

BP is accusing Halliburton of destroying evidence which could show the company shares the blame for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a filing today in a New Orleans federal court, BP charged that Halliburton Energy Services Inc. destroyed test results that indicated samples of the [...]

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