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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 [...]

EOC: More Vessels Skimming In Bay

Escambia County Chief of Emergency Management John Dosh said at today's EOC afternoon briefing that more skimming vessels had entered Pensacola Pass and that a lot of oil that had entered the Sound had been skimmed or had evaporated. "There is still some streaming mouse in the bay, but the tide [...]

EOC: Commissioners to raise bridge toll

I've asked the Escambia County Commission to hold a special meeting today and raise the Bob Sikes Bridge Toll to $30 Million for one day only....Tuesday, June 14. Credit cards and checks will be accepted.

BP responds to Coast Guard for more capacity

A letter dated June 13 from Doug Suttles to the USCG on the additional options for creating more capacity to capture oil and increase redundancy: 1) An FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading unit) will be mobilized from South America. Capacity 21K barrels per day. ETA 4 weeks. 2) Two [...]

Suttles outlines plan

On the Deepwater Horizon Response website, BP reveals its new plan for capturing more oil in letter from BP COO Doug Suttles. Temporary Riser System that was attached last week is capturing 15,000-18,000 barrels of oil per day (Suttles calls it "Element 1") and flowing it back to the Discoverer [...]

How Much Can BP Fork Out?

Investors are increasingly worried that BP will fold under the federal government's request for an escrow account to pay for oil damages. New York Times Reports: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/15/business/15bp.html?src=busln

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