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Mobile, Baldwin Co. losing millions of BP settlement after state deal | WPMI

December 03, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. WPMI — Mobile and Baldwin Counties suffered the brunt of Alabama’s devastation from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and was set to see part of a billion dollar settlement through BP.However, a new deal passed this week by the State legislature will mean millions less for the area.

via Mobile, Baldwin Co. losing millions of BP settlement after state deal | WPMI.

Alabama hits bulls-eye with BP purchases, but huge portions of the coast still need protection | AL.com

December 01, 2016

Alabama made up for lost time with the coastal land purchases and projects announced last week.

Governor Robert Bentley and the team that pushed for these purchases, including Patti Powell, State Lands Division head, and Gunter Guy, Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, deserve applause.

via Alabama hits bulls-eye with BP purchases, but huge portions of the coast still need protection | AL.com.

Gulf Coast residents upset by BP settlement funds | WVTF

November 30, 2016

A little over six years ago, the BP Deepwater Horizon spill devastated the Gulf Coast, sending more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Tourism in many of the cities and towns along Alabama’s shoreline all but crumbled, and many there say without tourism, there is no economy. Over the years, BP issued hundreds of millions of dollars in claims to fishermen, shop owners and city governments to try to make things right.

Most recently, BP gave the state of Alabama a $1 billion settlement to help with the state’s recovery. But people in the region are none too happy with the way the state decided to spend it.

via Gulf Coast residents upset by BP settlement funds | WVTF.

Two Gulf Shores parcels approved for BP Grant aquisitions – Mullet Wrapper

November 23, 2016

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) approved $63 million for six projects in Alabama, including two projects in Gulf Shores, as part of the fourth round of grants from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund established to restore natural resources damaged during the 2010 BP oil spill. The Gulf Shores acquisitions will eliminate the likely risk of future development in those pristine natural habitats.

via Two Gulf Shores parcels approved for BP Grant aquisitions – Mullet Wrapper.

Bentley should be celebrated for preserving coast line | AL.com

November 20, 2016

Alabama’s Gulf Coast has always been a source of pride for the state. The white sandy beaches are among the finest in the world and are a destination for fishermen, families, ecologists and biologists.

In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill threatened much of the shoreline but, six years later, Gov. Robert Bentley is demonstrating a willingness to turn that near-disaster into an environmental triumph.

via Bentley should be celebrated for preserving coast line | AL.com.

Gulf Shores BP funds will go toward keeping the land ‘forever wild’ | WPMI

November 17, 2016

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday announced the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has approved more than $63 million for six Alabama projects that address high priority conservation needs, including the acquisition and restoration of coastal habitats in key focal areas.

via Gulf Shores BP funds will go toward keeping the land ‘forever wild’ | WPMI.

Alabama Gulf projects approved for $63 million in oil spill funds | AL.com

November 16, 2016

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has approved $63 million for six Alabama projects as part of a restoration and conservation plan resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Gov. Robert Bentley’s office announced.

The money comes out of two plea agreements approved by a federal court in 2013 that resolved certain criminal charges against BP and Transocean, according to the governor’s office.

via Alabama Gulf projects approved for $63 million in oil spill funds | AL.com.

Checking out RESTORE ideas for the Gulf Coast – FOX10 News | WALA

October 01, 2016

FOX10 News is committed to following how RESTORE Act money from the BP spill is used in our area.

Federal RESTORE officials have updated their plan https://www.restorethegulf.gov/ on restoring the ecosystem and economy of the Gulf Coast, and you have a chance to look at their ideas.

via Checking out RESTORE ideas for the Gulf Coast – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

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.

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