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What is the truth about the sand sifters

What is the truth about the sand sifters

Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson was visibly upset today over British Petroleum not approving sand sifters for Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. He said that yesterday the Santa Rosa Island Authority held a demonstration for BP of the equipment, but the County had not heard back on [...]

We need claim stories

At today's press conference, BP spokesperson Lucia Bustamante said that all claims were being paid within seven days of being filed. We need actual stories about claims. I've several fishermen that have told me something very different. If all claims are being paid in seven days, then we don't have [...]

Fantastic Relief Project

Fantastic Relief Project

Email from Kimberly Davion: Hi Rick! This is Kimberly Davion. I wanted to share a story with you on a project that I have coordinated through a national handmade non-profit group. This Project is beginning to get the attention of several US media outlets. I have a phone interview tomorrow for [...]

Bloomberg: Stop whining, Pensacola

Bloomberg columnist Matthew Lynn writes that we Americans should to stop whining. He recommends that BP quit apologizing and instead go on the attack. "...there are no words BP can use to apologize sufficiently for the damage the leak has caused. Whatever it says, it’s still going to be the [...]

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 [...]

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