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Local EPA Hearing on Gulf Drilling Permit

The Environmental Protection Agency has scheduled a public hearing on BHP Billiton Petroleum’s request to waive current emission regulations in pursuit of oil and natural gas in the Gulf of Mexico’s DeSoto Canyon. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Pensacola, about 125 miles from BHP’s [...]

CNG Fueling Station Opens

A compressed natural gas fueling station is now open on Pine Forest Road. The station is due to a partnership between the city of Pensacola, Pensacola Energy and the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA). “This station marks a new day for the city of Pensacola, Pensacola Energy and ECUA,” [...]

Negotiations, Not Court For Now

The city of Pensacola is sticking to the negotiating table over its ongoing dispute with Gulf Breeze regarding natural gas franchise rights. Although Pensacola officials said last week they planned to take the issue before a judge, City Administrator Bill Reynolds said today that the decision had [...]

Riding the Rails or ‘Mixed Signals?’

Yesterday, Gulf Breeze City Manager Buzz Eddy complained of receiving mixed signals from Pensacola officials regarding an ongoing natural gas franchise dispute. Apparently, Gulf Breeze Mayor Beverly Zimmern followed up with a letter today expressing concern about the issue. “Recently, like an [...]

Meeting Meltdown

Officials from the city of Pensacola, Escambia County and Gulf Breeze stepped into a room yesterday to discuss natural gas franchise rights. It did not go well. Towards the end of the meeting, City Attorney Jim Messer started throwing verbal punches. “Mr. Asmar, did I promise you to be [...]

Messer’s Tired of Dancing

Pensacola City Attorney Jim Messer’s trigger finger is getting itchy. Tiring of what he once referred to as a “dance,” the attorney asked the Pensacola City Council on Monday to allow him to forgo further mediation with the city of Gulf Breeze in response to a dispute over which entity has [...]

Evers’ Blackwater Backyard

A Northwest Florida senator is working to bring oil drilling close to home—his home. As Senator Greg Evers’ bill encouraging drilling on public lands—specifically, in Blackwater River State Forest—heads to the Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee tomorrow morning, the IN [...]

Drill, Maybe, Drill?

With less than two years having passed since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, nearly 80 percent of Floridians support increased oil and natural gas development. This figure was arrived at by the American Petroleum Institute via an in-state phone survey this month. The [...]