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14-year Taylor Energy oil leak could be two times larger than BP spill, new research says | nola.com

February 15, 2019

A toppled oil platform that has been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico for more than 14 years may have released much more oil than recent estimates have indicated, possibly pushing the total volume well beyond BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

New research indicates 2,100 to 71,400 gallons of oil are escaping each day from the Taylor Energy platform site, about 10 miles from the mouth of the Mississippi River. The high estimate of 71,400 gallons per day is more than two times larger than the highest potential rate cited by the Coast Guard when it ordered Taylor to fix the problem late last year.


Source: 14-year Taylor Energy oil leak could be two times larger than BP spill, new research says | nola.com

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Yellow Flags and calm seas today

February 13, 2019

What a difference a day makes. The chilly north wind started yesterday and flattened out the Gulf. We are flying yellow flags in Orange Beach today – Wednesday, February 13th.

Posted by Orange Beach Surf Rescue on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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Reef Naming Ceremony at Gulf State Park Feb. 22

February 10, 2019
February 10, 2019 - Gulf State Park, AL - (OBA®) - The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) will hold an artificial reef zone naming ceremony at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Ala., on February 22, 2019. The ceremony will take place at the Dunes Terrace at the Gulf State Park Lodge at 2 p.m. The media is invited to attend.
Source: Reef Naming Ceremony at Gulf State Park Feb. 22
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Public comment open on coastal waters management plan | al.com

February 04, 2019
A 45-day public comment period has opened on a four-year conservation and management plan for Alabama’s coastal water environments. The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program has released a draft update of its Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for 2019-2023. It is the product, in part, of an August 2018 workshop that involved "178 community leaders and key stakeholders."
Source: Public comment open on coastal waters management plan | al.com
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Canal Road widening, part of $40 million in RESTORE Act funding for Orange Beach | fox10tv.com

February 01, 2019
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) - The widening of Canal Rd. is one of several projects coming to Orange Beach, funded by penalties associated with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon (BP oil spill).Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon secured $40 million of around $275 million in Restore Act funds, which is divided among areas in Mobile and Baldwin County. Canal Road, which is one of two ways into Orange Beach, will be widened and improved in Fall 2019, using a portion of that $40 million.
Source: Canal Road widening, part of $40 million in RESTORE Act funding for Orange Beach | News | fox10tv.com
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Governor Ivey’s Inauguration 

January 13, 2019

HAPPENING NOW: Governor Kay Ivey celebrates at the Lodge at Gulf State Park ahead of her inauguration that will happen on Monday. Details: wkrg.com/1682301053

Posted by WKRG on Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Orange Beach in line for $40 million in RESTORE Act funds covering 8 projects

January 12, 2019
January 12, 2019 - Orange Beach, AL - (OBA®) - The widening and improvement of Canal Road, environmental restoration of Cotton Bayou and Terry Cove, the creation of the Gulf Coast Environment Research Station, the designing and planning of the Gulf Coast Wildlife Recovery and Interpretive Center, expansion of the Orange Beach Wildlife Center, seawall repairs at Alabama Point, and sewer main upgrades - these are projects totaling $40 million that the City of Orange Beach is poised to receive from RESTORE Act funds.
Source: Orange Beach in line for $40 million in RESTORE Act funds covering 8 projects
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An Alabama inauguration first: Ivey holding pre-event party at the beach | al.com

January 11, 2019
In 2016, coastal Alabama lawmakers battled politicians across the state over how to spend a $1 billion BP oil spill settlement. Hot rhetoric filled Statehouse chambers prompted by distrust from coastal Democrats and Republicans alike about a decision by Montgomery’s power brokers to funnel a lion’s share of the BP compensation to patch the state’s gaping budget holes. Fast forward to Saturday, and some of those same combatants are likely to be exchanging pleasantries and enjoying hors d’oeuvres together as they welcome in the new governor.
Source: An Alabama inauguration first: Ivey holding pre-event party at the beach | al.com
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Yellow & Purple Flags flying on the beaches today

January 06, 2019

We are flying yellow and purple flags in Orange Beach today – Sunday, January 6th. Purple flags continue to fly due to…

Posted by Orange Beach Surf Rescue on Sunday, January 6, 2019

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Yellow & Purple Flags Flying this morning

January 04, 2019

We are flying yellow and purple flags in Orange Beach today – Friday, January 4th. Purple flags are flying due to the presence of Portuguese man o' war.

Posted by Orange Beach Surf Rescue on Friday, January 4, 2019

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