Category Archives: BP Oil Spill

Coastal Counties Unite to Get Half of State BP Funds

July 25, 2015

Mobile and Baldwin County Legislators have established a united front and are ready to battle Governor Bentley to get a share of the state’s BP Oil Spill Settlement.

“It’s hard not to be united when it’s the fair thing to do,” said Rep. Jack Williams, R-Georgetown.

The delegations want half of the one billion dollars the state negotiated.

“We think the lost revenue to the State of Alabama for the 2010 event was 500 million-dollars,” said Baldwin County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey.

via Coastal Counties Unite to Get Half of State BP Funds.

BP settlement money not going only to Mobile and Baldwin – FOX10 News | WALA

July 21, 2015

POINT CLEAR, AL (WALA) - FOX10 News is committed to tracking where BP settlement dollars are going in Alabama.

The state will receive $2.3 billion for environmental and economic damages. The economic damage payments will be $1 billion paid over 18 years.

But, if you believe all the money will be heading to Mobile and Baldwin counties, the areas most affected by the spill, think again.

GENERAL FUND

Speaking in Point Clear, Governor Robert Bentley talked about why he wants more than $1 billion in economic damage payments from BP to go into the state general fund and not exclusively to Mobile and Baldwin counties.

via BP settlement money not going only to Mobile and Baldwin – FOX10 News | WALA.

Governor Won’t Share State BP Money with Coastal Counties

July 21, 2015

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says he opposes sending a portion of the state’s one billion-dollar BP settlement to Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

“That’s not going to happen,” said Bentley. “That belongs to the state of Alabama.”

Bentley made the comments to reporters after speaking Monday at the Economic Development Association of Alabama’s Summer Conference in Point Clear. Bentley told the audience that the billion dollar state settlement would be used to pay off debt and to help balance the General Fund budget.

via Governor Won’t Share State BP Money with Coastal Counties.

Poll shows Gulf Coast voters want BP settlement money spent on the environment, moreso among GOP voters than Democrats | AL.com

July 18, 2015

A new poll shows that an increasing majority of Gulf Coast voters support using the government’s $18.7 billion settlement with BP on coastal restoration and conservation projects, and that more Republican voters than Democrats prioritize the spending on restoration over infrastructure.

via Poll shows Gulf Coast voters want BP settlement money spent on the environment, moreso among GOP voters than Democrats | AL.com.

Poll shows Gulf Coast voters want BP settlement money spent on the environment, moreso among GOP voters than Democrats | AL.com

July 17, 2015

A new poll shows that an increasing majority of Gulf Coast voters support using the government’s $18.7 billion settlement with BP on coastal restoration and conservation projects, and that more Republican voters than Democrats prioritize the spending on restoration over infrastructure.

via Poll shows Gulf Coast voters want BP settlement money spent on the environment, moreso among GOP voters than Democrats | AL.com.

Refusing BP’s spill settlement, Orange Beach prepares for court fight | AL.com

July 16, 2015

Orange Beach has rejected an offer to settle the $50 million lawsuit it filed against BP following the 2010 oil spill.

“We’re going to stand strong until we feel like — and this is using BP’s words — we’re made whole,” Mayor Tony Kennon said.

Orange Beach is among more than 400 government entities that individually sued the oil and gas giant for spill-related damages. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier of New Orleans instructed the plaintiffs to accept or decline offers by July 15 as part of a landmark $18.7 billion settlement involving BP, the federal government and the five Gulf states affected by the spill.

via Refusing BP’s spill settlement, Orange Beach prepares for court fight | AL.com.

Are Coastal Communities Losing Out in BP Settlement?

July 16, 2015

Along with the oil that coated Alabama beaches and rocked local economies came a promise to be made whole.

A proposed settlement with BP could send 2 point 3 billion dollars to Alabama but the total fine money funneling down to coastal communities directly impacted by the disaster seems to be getting smaller and smaller.

“It’s like a knife fight, everybody wants their share, their cut,” says Orange Beach mayor Tony Kennon. “I’m very disappointed with the settlement. I feel like Mobile and Baldwin counties was left out.”

via Are Coastal Communities Losing Out in BP Settlement?.

Officials on Gulf Coast Have ‘Unanswered Questions’ on BP Settlement

July 16, 2015

Gulf Coast officials worry that their communities won’t get their fair share of Alabama’s $2.3 billion portion of the BP oil spill settlement.

Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft told Alabama’s Press Register that members of the Gulf Coast Recovery Council have unanswered questions about the settlement.

via Officials on Gulf Coast Have ‘Unanswered Questions’ on BP Settlement.

BP Money May Not Stretch Far Enough For Area Restoration Projects – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 15, 2015

Several restoration projects along Alabama’s Gulf Coast might have to be scaled back.  While the state was awarded 2.3 billion dollars from the oil spill, only 25 percent will go towards Gulf communities.

In Baldwin and Mobile counties, that figure ball-parks to around 20 million dollars this year.

via BP Money May Not Stretch Far Enough For Area Restoration Projects – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Alabama Gulf Coast leaders sift through BP settlement confusion, prepare for possible regional divide | AL.com

July 12, 2015

While there are unanswered questions in the settlement with BP stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, there is one almost universal complaint expressed by public officials in South Alabama: We aren’t getting enough of it.

“It’s a lot of unanswered questions and a lot of confusions on the way this came down,” Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft said. “We really have to start from scratch.”

via Alabama Gulf Coast leaders sift through BP settlement confusion, prepare for possible regional divide | AL.com.

Byrne Amendment to Keep BP Money in the State – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 09, 2015

Congressman Bradley Byrne is working to make sure the money Alabama and other Gulf states receive from offshore oiling remain with the states.

The House of Representatives has adopted an amendment offered by Byrne that would prohibit any efforts to redirect the funds away from the Gulf Coast.

via Byrne Amendment to Keep BP Money in the State – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Byrne on BP settlement, Greek financial crisis – FOX10 News | WALA

July 08, 2015

Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne is worried that coastal Alabama may not get what it deserves from the BP settlement announced by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange.

Byrne discussed the issue with FOX10 News anchor Bob Grip.

The Congressman said he had not received any reaction from the Governor’s office to his criticism of the deal.

via Byrne on BP settlement, Greek financial crisis – FOX10 News | WALA.

Byrne on BP settlement, Greek financial crisis – FOX10 News | WALA

July 07, 2015

Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne is worried that coastal Alabama may not get what it deserves from the BP settlement announced by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange.

Byrne discussed the issue with FOX10 News anchor Bob Grip.

The Congressman said he had not received any reaction from the Governor’s office to his criticism of the deal.

via Byrne on BP settlement, Greek financial crisis – FOX10 News | WALA.

Gulf Shores residents, vacationers have high hopes for BP settle – FOX10 News | WALA

July 04, 2015

In two years, the State of Alabama will start to reap the benefits of the $2.3 billion promised to the state in a settlement with BP announced on Thursday.

Officials said this new source of money will be separate from the $85 million Gulf State Park project. A number of projects will be considered for this new source of money.

via Gulf Shores residents, vacationers have high hopes for BP settle – FOX10 News | WALA.

Byrne: “Serious Concerns” with BP Oil Spill Settlement | WKRG

July 03, 2015

Don’t count Congressman Bradley Byrne among those jumping for joy after BP agreed to pay Alabama $2.3 billion for the 2010 oil spill.

Byrne, who represent’s Alabama’s Gulf Coast in Congress, says he has “serious concerns” with the settlement — particularly over where the money is headed.

via Byrne: “Serious Concerns” with BP Oil Spill Settlement | WKRG.

Mixed Reaction in Baldwin County to BP Settlement | WKRG

July 03, 2015

When Governor Robert Bentley announced a settlement with BP for the oil spill Thursday morning, Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon learned of it through the news media like most everyone else because he said coastal communities were left in the dark.

“At this point, I have had no communication with anyone and that’s pretty amazing considering we were the ones hit and effected by this,” Kennon said.

via Mixed Reaction in Baldwin County to BP Settlement | WKRG.

Get ‘em in quick: Oil spill property and economic claims deadline June 8 | AL.com

June 06, 2015

More than five years after the oil spill, the property and economic claims portion of BP’s settlement with several plaintiffs is nearing its end. The deadline to file a claim under the Deepwater Horizon Economic and Property Damages Settlement Program is June 8.

In anticipation of a surge of people filing claims to meet the due date, claims administrator Patrick Juneau said hours will be extended at claims centers across the Gulf Coast.

via Get ‘em in quick: Oil spill property and economic claims deadline June 8 | AL.com.

Gulf Coast gets 1st production scale saltwater hatchery in Florida – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

June 04, 2015

Ten acres next to Pensacola’s Maritime Park will become home to a state-of-the-art fish hatchery.

The Gulf Coast Marine Fisheries and Enhancement Center has been on the table since BP earmarked money for economic development after the oil spill in 2010.

The hatchery will be the first production scale saltwater hatchery in the state of Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is ready to begin designing the hatchery.

via Gulf Coast gets 1st production scale saltwater hatchery in Florida – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

BP oil spill settlement money used in project to restore D’Olive – FOX10 News | WALA

June 04, 2015

Construction continues in Spanish Fort to restore Joe’s Branch and prevent the harmful erosion of soil into D’Olive Creek and ultimately the Mobile Bay.

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (Mobile Bay NEP) is leading the D’Olive Watershed Management project which is a collaboration of several state and federal agencies, Baldwin County, and the cities of Spanish Fort and Daphne.

FOX10 News | WALA

via BP oil spill settlement money used in project to restore D’Olive – FOX10 News | WALA.

Oil concerns linger on Alabama coast as another hurricane season arrives | AL.com

May 31, 2015

As government agencies on the Gulf Coast ramp up emergency response drills and preparations for another anxiety-filled hurricane season, officials in one coastal Alabama city have thoughts on oil possibly washing ashore during a storm.Five years ago the Deepwater Horizon disaster spewed more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, over 55 million pounds of oily material have been cleaned up on Alabama’s coast, according to U.S. Coast Guard statistics.

via Oil concerns linger on Alabama coast as another hurricane season arrives | AL.com.

Deadline to file for BP claims nears | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune

May 26, 2015

When the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded and burned in April 2010, spewing more than 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, huge areas of the Gulf were declared off limits to shrimpers.

“It dropped the price a lot,” said Ernest Donini, a second-generation shrimper out of Tampa. “It made people more hesitant to eat Gulf shrimp. Shrimp started backing up in the freezer, and that affected the price. It affected us.”

via Deadline to file for BP claims nears | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune.

Once vilified, BP now getting credit for gulf tourism boom – FOX5 Vegas – KVVU

May 26, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) – With the Memorial Day holiday here, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region.

Five years after the BP disaster, the petroleum giant that was vilified during heated town hall meetings for killing a way of life is now being praised by some along the coast for spending more than $230 million to help lure visitors back to an area that some feared would die because of the spill.

via Once vilified, BP now getting credit for gulf tourism boom – FOX5 Vegas – KVVU.

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