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We need claim stories

June 8, 2010

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…

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Fantastic Relief Project

June 8, 2010

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…

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Bloomberg: Stop whining, Pensacola

June 8, 2010

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…

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Bridge loan program activated at 7-week mark

June 8, 2010

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…

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City hires Hatch Mott

June 8, 2010

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,…

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Why only $5000?

June 8, 2010

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…

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Another leak in the Gulf? (video)

June 8, 2010

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…

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Game of Three Questions

June 8, 2010

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:…

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CBC NEWS – Power & Politics with Evan Solomon

June 7, 2010

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/. [at 1:29:00 mark]…

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Latest Escambia EOC update

June 7, 2010

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…

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McCollum aide upset over blog (read my response)

June 7, 2010

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…

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McCollum and Miller powerless, can only wail

June 7, 2010

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…