Category Archives: BP Oil Spill

Gulf council releases draft outlining use of oil spill settlemen – FOX10 News | WALA

August 15, 2015

A federal council created by the RESTORE Act. has released a draft of Gulf Coast projects to be funded by $140 million in settlement money from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

The draft funded priorities list (FPL) and the projects in it are a result of the RESTORE Act, which requires 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties go into the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund to be used for Gulf Coast restoration projects.

via Gulf council releases draft outlining use of oil spill settlemen – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Public comments sought on $139 million in proposed oil spill restoration projects | AL.com

August 14, 2015

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released a draft Funded Priorities List (FPL) Thursday for public comment. This FPL details active restoration projects total $139.6 million, and recommends setting aside approximately $43.6 million for future projects.

via Public comments sought on $139 million in proposed oil spill restoration projects | AL.com.

Groups welcome ‘found money’ from BP grant program – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

August 14, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL — Some people call it mailbox money, a happy surprise that shows up from time to time via the U.S. Postal Service.

Ed Rodriguez hasn’t heard that term before. But he has heard of found money.

“I was quite shocked actually,” Rodriguez, President and CEO of the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, said. “We just didn’t expect it. They were very happy with us. I met some of the BP folks and they were just real pleased. It’s kind of like found money.”

via Groups welcome ‘found money’ from BP grant program – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Lawmakers to take up BP settlement, tax hikes in special session – FOX10 News | WALA

August 04, 2015

The special session of the Alabama Legislature begins Monday, talking about tax hikes.

But FOX10 News is keeping a close eye on one special session issue of great importance to our area: What will happen to the more than $1 billion in economic damage payments from BP?

Governor Robert Bentley and lawmakers from Mobile and Baldwin County have very different ideas on where the money should go, but is there room for compromise?

via Lawmakers to take up BP settlement, tax hikes in special session – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Gulf states awarded $4.2 million in BP tourism grants; 28 Alabama agencies, cities share $900,000 | AL.com

August 02, 2015

In the middle of BP rolling out large oil spill settlement offers across the Gulf of Mexico this month, some smaller groups in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida received some of their own monetary relief.

A total of $4.2 million was awarded to agencies and cities across the four states as part of a third round of grants from the Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund, according to announcement this week by Deepwater Horizon Claims Administrator Patrick A. Juneau.

via Gulf states awarded $4.2 million in BP tourism grants; 28 Alabama agencies, cities share $900,000 | AL.com.

Gulf states awarded $4.2 million in BP tourism grants; 28 Alabama agencies, cities share $900,000 | AL.com

August 01, 2015

In the middle of BP rolling out large oil spill settlement offers across the Gulf of Mexico this month, some smaller groups in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida received some of their own monetary relief.

via Gulf states awarded $4.2 million in BP tourism grants; 28 Alabama agencies, cities share $900,000 | AL.com.

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.

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