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Bridge loan program activated at 7-week mark

Press Release: Governor Crist Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Businesses Affected by Gulf Oil Spill ~Program provides $5 million in short-term funds to help small businesses in designated impact counties~ TALLAHASSEE – In an effort to assist businesses impacted by the [...]

City hires Hatch Mott

Mayor Mike Wiggins announced at the June 7, 4:30 p.m press conference at the EOC that the City has hired Hatch Mott MacDonald to monitor BP's Bayou Chico boom containment operation. The contract was signed yesterday, under City Manager Al Coby's spending authority without bid.-----11 days after the [...]

Poll: BP handling this worse than Katrina nightmare

ABC NEWS reports Americans by more than 2-1 support pursuit of criminal charges in the nation's worst oil spill , with increasing numbers calling it a major environmental disaster, eight in 10 criticizing the way BP's handled it -- and the federal government's own response rated worse than it was [...]

Why only $5000?

Yesterday, Lucia Bustamonte become the first BP representative to answer questions at an EOC press conference. I asked her how do BP come up with $5000 as the threshold for quick claim processing? The charter boat captains have told me that they make that in two days. Bustamonte told us that [...]

Another leak in the Gulf? (video)

Pilot Tom Hutchings, who lives in Fairhope, Ala. and has been featured on NPR, has a new YouTube video of what he found near another oil rig, Ocean Saratoga. It points to how little we know about what is really happening at these rigs. Here is the note that is posted with the video: "Going [...]

Casino Beach is clear

Casino Beach is clear

Walked Casino Beach, which is the area by the main public parking lot on Pensacola Beach, at 6 a.m. this morning. I could find no tarballs. It was a remarkable improvement over Saturday, June 5. There were three two-man worker crews walking the beach with a supervisor. They weren't picking up much [...]

Game of Three Questions

Game of Three Questions

On May 26, Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson sent a letter to Liz Castro about the Bayou Chico Staging Area. It was hand delivered to her at BP's Government St. office. Robinson asked for three things: 1. Is BP committed to replacing out-of-town labor with local workers? "I would just [...]

CBC NEWS – Power & Politics with Evan Solomon

CBC NEWS – Power & Politics with Evan Solomon

I am on Canadian Broadcast Corp.'s version of the PBS NewsHour - Power & Politics with Evan Solomon. The segment was taped on Pensacola Beach this afternoon. It's under Featured Videos on http://www.cbc.ca/politics/. Here's an outline of the questions I was asked: -mood in Florida with how BP [...]

Latest Escambia EOC update

Latest Escambia EOC update

Escambia Disaster Response - Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Monday, June 7 - 5:00 p.m. - Update #38 * If you see tar or oiled debris on the beach, DO NOT PICK IT UP. Report it to I-877-272-8335, #DEP from a cell phone or 1-866-448-5816. * If you find oiled or injured wildlife. DO NOT [...]

“Keep your voice loud”

“Keep your voice loud”

Pensacola City Councilman Sam Hall shared this email with me: To My Fellow Elected Officials: My name is Stuart Guey and I am a member of the Plaquemines Parish Council. I wanted to take a moment to wish you all the best in overcoming this oil spill disaster. One thing that we have learned [...]

McCollum aide upset over blog (read my response)

McCollum aide upset over blog (read my response)

Rick, Your blog posting today is inaccurate and unfair. The Attorney General has been out front demanding the Federal Government be more aggressive in Florida and in particular the Panhandle in their response to the oil spill. He has sent numerous letters to AG Holder asking to meet with him [...]

BP has only paid 22 percent of Florida claims

BP has only paid 22 percent of Florida claims

BP Claims Director Daryl Willis proudly claimed that BP hasn't rejected any claims. He bragged about BP renewing the $5,000 checks to fishermen and others hurt by the BP oil disaster. However, let's look a little deeper into the numbers. As per the Escambia County EOC, BP claims in Florida total [...]

McCollum and Miller powerless, can only wail

McCollum and Miller powerless, can only wail

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and Congressman Jeff Miller spoke today at the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center. McCollum had heard that 120 skimming vessels were headed to the Gulf of Mexico, only to be corrected by BP representative who said that BP COO Doug Suttles had only [...]

Now Crist asks for $100M from BP

Now Crist asks for $100M from BP

On May 17, Gov. Charlie Crist had in his office BP CEO Tony Hayward. Instead of pressing for money for the oil clean-up, the Florida governor only got $25 million from the CEO ---for tourism advertising, not hard expenses. This weekend---nearly three weeks later- Crist demands $100M from BP. What [...]

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