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New authority hopes to sell BP-backed bonds in two months | AL.com

September 20, 2016

A new authority set up by the Legislature to sell bonds backed by a BP oil spill settlement hopes to issue the bonds in about two months, officials said today.

“We want to bring the money forward as quickly as we can because the interest rates right now are so low that we’re going to get the most money we possibly can,” Gov. Robert Bentley said.

via New authority hopes to sell BP-backed bonds in two months | AL.com.

Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging funding for Gulf park hotel | AL.com

September 16, 2016

Another lawsuit challenging the funding for the new hotel and conference center at Gulf State Park has been dismissed.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Greg Griffin today dismissed the lawsuit filed by State Auditor Jim Zeigler and state Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, D-Red Bay, who alleged that the BP oil spill funds being used for the project were not authorized by the Legislature for that purpose.

Griffin ruled that Morrow and Zeigler lacked standing to bring the lawsuit.

via Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging funding for Gulf park hotel | AL.com.

$55 Million Won’t Cover Three Baldwin Co. Road Projects

September 15, 2016

Fifty-five million dollars to spend on three road projects, the continued four-laning of Highway 181, the widening of Highway 31 and expanding Canal Road on Pleasure Island. But not with 55 million dollars. Those three road projects are estimated to cost 125 million, 70 million more than what the legislature allocated from the state settlement with BP over the 2010 oil spill.

via $55 Million Won’t Cover Three Baldwin Co. Road Projects.

Judge to hear lawsuit against Gulf park beach hotel project | AL.com

September 13, 2016

A Montgomery judge on Tuesday morning will hold a hearing on a request to dismiss a lawsuit by State Auditor Jim Zeigler and state Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow challenging the use of certain BP oil spill funds to build a beach lodge and conference center at Gulf State Park.

Zeigler and Morrow claim the state is using money not authorized under the law the Legislature passed in 2013 initiating the park project.

via Judge to hear lawsuit against Gulf park beach hotel project | AL.com.

How $120 million in BP money will tackle ‘Bloody 98′ and other priorities in coastal Alabama | AL.com

September 10, 2016

The U.S. 98 improvement project in Mobile County has been referred to as a road that leads to nowhere. Its extension into Mississippi, costing in the hundreds of millions of dollars, has been stalled for decades due to a lack of funding.

via How $120 million in BP money will tackle ‘Bloody 98′ and other priorities in coastal Alabama | AL.com.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley calls BP bill ‘victory for the people’ | AL.com

September 08, 2016

Two weeks after a State House stalemate killed any chance of an Alabama lottery, lawmakers passed a plan to provide a short-term boost for the budget and pay off $400 million in debt.

The plan uses most of a $1 billion oil spill settlement that BP is due to pay over 18 years.

via Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley calls BP bill ‘victory for the people’ | AL.com.

How the UA System stands to be paid millions of dollars to help manage the Gulf State Park project | AL.com

September 08, 2016

The University of Alabama System is poised to receive millions of dollars in funds from BP’s $1 billion oil spill settlement with the state via an agreement to help the state manage and oversee the Gulf State Park Enhancement Project.

via How the UA System stands to be paid millions of dollars to help manage the Gulf State Park project | AL.com.

Southern Lawmakers Say They’ll Kill BP Bill if it Doesn’t Include Money For Coast

August 31, 2016

Lawmakers return to Montgomery a week from Tuesday, and Gulf Coast legislators are using the week-long break to strategize for the BP Settlement bill.

“We just don’t want to be run over,” Senator Bill Hightower said about their return to Montgomery. When the lottery bill failed last week, lawmakers started looking to the BP bill as a more permanent fix to Medicaid by nixing the  current $191 million Gulf Coast portion.

via Southern Lawmakers Say They’ll Kill BP Bill if it Doesn’t Include Money For Coast.

Gulf Coast BP Money From State’s Billion Dollar Settlement Hinges on the Lottery

August 25, 2016

When the BP Settlement bill was brought up in the state senate on Wednesday, one senator compared the debate to the Civil War.

Senator Rodger Smitherman, a Democrat from Birmingham, said “what you have here is a civil war. North vs. South. Then you have all the  border states/counties in the middle,” Smitherman said. “so we’re going to be sitting back and watching.”

via Gulf Coast BP Money From State’s Billion Dollar Settlement Hinges on the Lottery.

Coastal BP Settlement Money Hits Roadblock

August 18, 2016

Roads and bridges, that’s how Baldwin County planned to spend their share of BP settlement money coming to coastal counties. Baldwin County planned to continue to four-lane Highway 181, south to Highway 104, that’s been bogged down for more than a decade. They also wanted to continue to four-lane the Highway 31 corridor in Spanish Fort.

via Coastal BP Settlement Money Hits Roadblock.

Fight over BP money, not lottery, could dominate special session | AL.com

August 07, 2016

Betting on Alabama lawmakers ending their special session with a lottery plan could be a chase after fool’s gold.

The better odds are that the Legislature walks out of Montgomery with a decision on how best to allocate the state’s BP oil spill settlement. At the very least, some lawmakers want to roll the dice on the topic.

via Fight over BP money, not lottery, could dominate special session | AL.com.

State Auditor sues Gov. Bentley over BP money spending – FOX10 News | WALA

July 27, 2016

State Auditor Jim Zeigler has filed suit against Gov. Robert Bentley, saying Bentley is unlawfully spending BP grant money to build a conference center at Gulf State Park.

The lawsuit, filed in Montgomery Circuit Court, explains a law, which was signed by Bentley back in 2013, only allowed the money to be spent on the project until Dec. 31, 2015.

via State Auditor sues Gov. Bentley over BP money spending – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Restoring the lake in the Lake Forest Subdivision | WPMI

July 23, 2016

DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) — There are close to 3,000 homes in the Lake Forest Subdivision in Daphne. This subdivision is one Alabama’s largest and right at the center is “the lake.”

The process of restoring that lake is now underway. If you live in Lake Forest, you know the lake is the lifeline. If you don’t live in the neighborhood, it should matter too because what happens at the Lake Forest lake effects everything downstream, including Mobile Bay.

via Restoring the lake in the Lake Forest Subdivision | WPMI.

Oil Spill Memories Fade at ADSFR, Dauphin Island | Outdoor Alabama

July 21, 2016

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Dr. Bob Shipp stood in amazement last weekend at the 83rd annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR) as he watched the frenetic activity on Dauphin Island.

Shipp, Professor Emeritus at the University of South Alabama’s Marine Sciences Department, never would have imagined the resilience of the Alabama Gulf Coast, its ecosystem and related recreational activities when he was sitting at Dauphin Island Sea Lab six years ago.

via Oil Spill Memories Fade at ADSFR, Dauphin Island | Outdoor Alabama.

Judge rules lawsuit against Gulf State Park hotel due for dismissal | AL.com

July 06, 2016

A judge has ruled that the former commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has no standing to proceed with his lawsuit against Gov. Robert Bentley and others over the funding of the new hotel and other improvements at Gulf State Park.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Truman Hobbs ruled today that Charles Grimsley lacks standing to proceed with the lawsuit because the money being used came from BP, and not taxpayers.

“Courts have refused to confer taxpayer standing upon citizens when the source of the funds was from the federal government or private entities,” Hobbs wrote.

via Judge rules lawsuit against Gulf State Park hotel due for dismissal | AL.com.

Breaking Down the BP Settlement Numbers in Baldwin County

July 01, 2016

Waves of cash flowed into Baldwin County after the BP oil spill. Six years later almost all of the cities and towns have been paid for damages from that terrible summer in 2010.

Orange Beach reached a $15 million settlement earlier this week, the largest so far in the county. The mayor says the money will be used on roads and bridges.

via Breaking Down the BP Settlement Numbers in Baldwin County.

State Auditor spars with Gov. Bentley over BP settlement spending | WPMI

June 30, 2016

Alabama’s state auditor is once again sparring with Governor Robert Bentley. This time they’re at odds over BP settlement money.

Auditor Jim Zeigler is now taking legal action to stop the spending, asking a judge to intervene.

Work on the $135 million Gulf State Park project is expected to be done by summer 2018, but state auditor Jim Zeigler is taking issue with how the 350 room lodge and meeting area is being paid for.

via State Auditor spars with Gov. Bentley over BP settlement spending | WPMI.

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