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.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama House of Representatives approved a plan Wednesday to use the state’s oil spill settlement money to pay back money borrowed during a past budget shortfall and for road projects in coastal counties.
via Alabama House OKs oil spill settlement bill | AL.com.
The Alabama House passed a bill that would allocate a majority of the BP oil spill settlement money to debt repayment and send about $191 million to the coast.
Coastal lawmakers have expressed that they believe this is a good compromise.
via Alabama House approves BP oil spill settlement bill – FOX10 News | WALA.
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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.
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 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.
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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.
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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.
Oil giant BP PLC has put a final price tag on what its catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill cost the company, and it’s a hefty sum: $61.6 billion.
via 2010 Gulf oil spill cost BP $61.6 billion, company reports | AL.com.
An expert will share the latest on how the 2010 oil spill is affecting the Gulf Monday evening.
Dr. Monica Wilson is the Florida Sea Grant’s oil spill research extension specialist. She will talk about those discoveries, including finding from the Gulf Research Initiative.
via Presentation to discuss oil spill in Gulf | WEAR.
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.
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.
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.
State Auditor Jim Zeigler has asked to become part of a lawsuit questioning the funding of the construction project that is already well underway.
Part of the beach in Gulf State Park is being transformed into what will be a 350 room lodge and educational center. All funded with money collected by the state from the 2010 BP oil spill.
via State Auditor Challenging Gulf State Park Lodge Funding.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – The City of Orange Beach and BP have come to a final agreement to settle the city’s claim against the oil giant related to the 2010 oil spill.
Orange Beach will net about $10 million in the settlement, Mayor Tony Kennon said.
via Orange Beach, BP settle; city to net about $10M – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Six years after oil washed onto their beaches and an entire tourist season was lost, the city of Orange Beach has reached a settlement with BP over the 2010 oil disaster.
“We settled with BP for 15 million dollars and some change,” says mayor Tony Kennon. “After attorney’s fees and what they have already paid us, we are going to put over ten million dollars in the bank for us.”
via Orange Beach Reaches Settlement in 2010 BP Oil Spill.
Omar Mateen, the Pulse gunman who killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub Sunday, appeared in a 2012 documentary about the BP oil spill.
Mateen’s comments were included in the documentary “The Big Fix” filmed while he was a security guard with G4S, one of the world’s largest security companies. Mateen was employed by G4S for nine years and was working for the company at the time of the massacre.
via Orlando shooter Omar Mateen in Gulf Oil Spill documentary: ‘No one gives a s____” | AL.com.
Orlando gunman Omar Mateen spent some time working as a security guard in Pensacola, Fla., during the 2010 BP oil spill that followed the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in April of that year, according to reports Wednesday.
via Orlando gunman Omar Mateen worked security in Pensacola during B – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Coastal lawmakers say they want to take on a sacred cow in north Alabama in order to get a fair share of the state’s BP Oil Spill Settlement.
The Tennessee Valley Authority operates the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, several other energy plants, and dams in the northern part of the state, providing power to 17 counties and serving 17-percent of the state’s population. TVA is a self-sustaining federal agency that makes annual payments to the State in lieu of certain taxes.
via Coastal Lawmakers: Handle BP and TVA Money the Same.
Lawmakers from Mobile and Baldwin counties are optimistic a special session of the legislature could mean millions of dollars to the coast. When it comes to the BP disaster–lawmakers from Southwest Alabama agree it was coastal catastrophe.
“We’re the part of Alabama that had oil hit the coast,” said State Senator Bill Hightower. South Alabama lawmakers came fairly close to redirecting a large chunk of the BP settlement during the 2016 session back to the Gulf Coast.
via Mobile And Baldwin Lawmakers May Get Another Crack At BP Bill.
As Alabama lawmakers from the North and South squabble over where it should go, a billion dollar BP piggy bank hovers precariously over the chasm of Goat Hill.
via BP oil spill settlement: North vs South. Who should get the money? | AL.com.
Alabama representative Jim Patterson is asking Governor Bentley to call a special session to further discuss the BP oil spill settlement.
Patterson says lawmakers owe it to the taxpayers to utilize all the money coming from the settlement.
He says he wants to fully fund Medicaid and repay the rainy day fund, even if it means not being able to complete the beach express in Baldwin County and Highway 98 in Mobile.
via Patterson calls for special session | WPMI.
The 1980s Twisted Sister song “We’re Not Gonna Take it” was reintroduced last year to a new generation as the theme song for Donald Trump’s insurgent presidential campaign.
But it can also apply to Alabama’s Gulf Coast, where Mobile and Baldwin state lawmakers, in a bipartisan show of support, consistently hammered home a point in Montgomery that the state’s BP oil spill settlement needs to return to the area most affected by the 2010 disaster.
via In halls of power, Alabama coast showing moxie, muscle | AL.com.
A Bill that passed the Alabama House last week would have sent $191 million dollars to south Alabama for road improvements. In a Senate committee, a compromise could not be reached and no vote was taken Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Representatives from other parts of the state wanted more of the money to go to other regions. That means Mobile and Baldwin counties won’t soon be seeing road improvements that local legislators say they’re due.
via No compromise on BP settlement Bill puts major Baldwin County ro – FOX10 News | WALA.
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A bill that would have sent part of the oil spill settlement money to the coast and would have provided money for Medicaid appears to be dead in a Senate committee.
During the Senate committee meeting Tuesday, Sen. Arthur Orr (R – Senate District 3) introduced legislation that would have drastically lowered the amount of money going to Mobile and Baldwin Counties.
via BP oil spill settlement bill dead in Senate committee – FOX10 News | WALA.
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A potential infusion of BP money for coastal road projects might help pay for the widening of Canal Road in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores or Ala. 181 in Daphne south toward U.S. 98. But a proponent of the House bill, approved late Thursday, says the money remains dedicated for its original intent: An extension of the Baldwin Beach Express and the construction of a U.S. 98 express route from Bayou La Batre to Semmes.
via Baldwin officials debate which road projects will get BP money | AL.com.
The Mobile area State Senator who has been fighting for a year to bring the bulk of Alabama’s BP Oil Spill settlement funds to the gulf coast says a revised House version of his bill is better than nothing.
via Hightower Reacts to Modified BP Bill.
The Alabama House could vote as early as Thursday night on a revised bill that spells out how BP oil spill settlement funds will be spent. The recent changes reduce the funds to be sent to coastal Alabama for major road projects.
via BP Money Bill Gets Major Revisions in Committee.
The BP oil spill was unlike any disaster this part of the gulf coast had ever faced. Sure there were other disasters. Most businesses have a display of what it looked like after a hurricane on a wall like a badge of courage. “It’s a reminder that we made it through,” says Katy Sims, manager of King Neptune’s Restaurant.
When it comes to the oil spill, there’s nothing.
“That one is not something, something that could have been prevented I guess, and this one couldn’t. So we would like to be reminded of a natural disaster that we were able to come back from,” says Sims.
via Anniversary of Oil Spill that’s Almost Just a Memory.
In a battle over BP settlement dollars, one coastal Alabama lawmaker is criticizing State Treasurer Young Boozer’s investment strategies.
The comments come prior to a crucial vote that could determine whether a sizeable chunk of the $1 billion settlement goes for roads or to repay the Alabama Trust Fund.
Rep. Randy Davis, R-Daphne, the House sponsor of a bill that could send more of the BP money to Mobile and Baldwin counties for road projects, accused Boozer of faring poorly with the Trust Fund. “His investments have lost money this year,” Davis said.
via Coastal lawmaker questions Alabama Treasurer’s ability to invest money ahead of BP money debate | AL.com.