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The comments on my Facebook wall were just as mixed: You have got to be kidding me, that was it!!!??? --Susan ------ Is it me or do others find the "our neighbors in the gulf" reference annoying and somewhat demeaning. I find the NIMBY attitude offensive. If a catastrophe of this magnitude [...]

The Daily Beast: Where’s the Beef?

The Daily Beast: Where’s the Beef?

I covered the local reaction for The Daily Beast to President Obama's speech. The response was more negative than I expected. People wanted to believe, but eight weeks into this crisis, people are tired of speeches. Thane Creech, who has a vacation rental business in Navarre, said it best, [...]

EOC: Tuesday, June 15 update

Escambia Disaster Response - Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Tuesday, June 15 5:30 p.m. - Update #46 * Winds from the south will continue to push oil towards our shores. Today we have a 30 percent chance of rain. Highs in the 90s and high humidity may hinder clean up efforts. NOAA near shore [...]

Obama speech – 7 pm Atlas

Obama speech – 7 pm Atlas

I'll be watching Pres. Obama give his speech on the BP oil disaster tonight at 7 p.m. at the Atlas Oyster Bar. I want your reactions to the speech. Post your thoughts here, send me an email or in person at the Atlas.

EOC: Wiggins notes

Pensacola Mayor Mike Wiggins talked about how proud he was of Pensacola Beach today, especially when he saw Pres. Obama and Gov. Crist walk towards the water near the fishing pier. Wiggins said that he was the first local official to get speak about his concerns with the BP oil disaster. 1. [...]

EOC: County sent BP $9.1M invoice

County Budget Director Amy Lovoy reports that Escambia County has sent ESIS Government Entity Claims Team, the BP subcontractor handling claims, on Friday, June 11, an invoice for $9.1 million. The invoice covers $74,923 actual expenditures in May; $4,837,858 of actual and estimate expenditures [...]

EOC: Obama meeting notes

Commissioner Grover Robinson spoke about his conversation with President Barack Obama today. He was joined by Congressman Miller, Adm. Thad Allen,Senator LeMieux, Gov. Crist, CFO Sink, Mayor Wiggins and a few other state and county officials. Four topics were covered in the 30-minute [...]

Miller gets ahead of Obama

...it's an old political trick, but effective MILLER ASKS OBAMA FOR MORE RESOURCES, MORE SKIMMERS, ‘OPPORTUNITY ZONE’ FOR FLORIDA WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Representative Jeff Miller (R-FL-01) today met with President Barack Obama on Pensacola Beach to discuss the Gulf of Mexico oil spill [...]

Opening statement: Oil CEO Hearing

Here is the opening statement for Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee, at a hearing today with the CEOs of the top five oil companies: 57 days ago, in the dead of night, the worst environmental nightmare in U.S. history began. On a screen here [...]

Obama’s visit

The IN staff is spread out from Pensacola Beach to NAS Pensacola. We may not be able to update the blog much this morning. However, post what you see and hear today. If you have a photo, send it. Thanks, Rick

BP hot line calls go nowhere

KHOU in Houston, TX recently interviewed, under the condition of anonymity, an employee hired to receive calls for BP to talk about how the call center handles the calls from our area. Over 200,000 phone calls have been received from frustrated and anxious Gulf Coast residents since the hot [...]

Remember the Three Little Pigs

In May, I wrote about how BP cut corners at its Texas City refinery and it cost 15 workers their lives in a 2005 explosion. We got a copy of the infamous Three Little Pigs memo that showed how the cost of human life was factored into making a decision about safety. The Washington Post is [...]

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