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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A national foundation says the five Gulf states are getting nearly $370 million for 24 projects to restore natural resources damaged by the 2010 oil spill.
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.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — A major road project at the beach which should make walking around a lot safer now has help at the state level.
ALDOT has taken over the repaving project in Gulf Shores, leaving more money to make it pedestrian-friendly.
With $65 million in new money thanks to the state’s BP settlement, the long-beleaguered U.S. 98 project in coastal Alabama has a new life, but officials are proceeding cautiously.
‘Deepwater Horizon’ opens nationwide Friday. It tells the story of workers aboard the ill-fated oil rig off the Louisiana coast, the site of a devastation explosion in 2010.
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.
We all know how “Deepwater Horizon” ends. When the BP oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, 11 people died and millions of gallons of oil spewed into the waters and up against the Gulf shores in the worst U.S. environmental disaster.
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.
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.
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.
A lawyer on Tuesday criticized what he called Alabama’s plans to build a “Taj Mahal” beach hotel with oil spill settlement funds, while a lawyer for the governor urged a judge to dismiss the lawsuit seeking to block the project.
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.
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.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — The news of the newly passed BP bill doesn’t sit well with all state officials. Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler spoke at an event in Daphne Thursday, saying the numbers don’t add up.
Zeigler Thursday also met with constituents in Fairhope.
After days of heated debate, the Alabama legislature passed the BP settlement bill and Governor Robert Bentley signed it into law the very next day.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — If Governor Bentley signs the current BP oil spill settlement bill Mobile and Baldwin counties will get $120 million.
That’s $71 million less than originally planned.
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.
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.
After much debate, the state senate passed the conference committee version of the BP Settlement Bill. The bill just needs a signature from Governor Robert Bentley before it becomes a law.
The Alabama House and Senate have much different plans on how to spend most of a $1 billion settlement with BP for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
This morning, a committee of three representatives and three senators will try to find a compromise.
The Alabama Senate voted to slash all of the $191 million that was originally allocated to the Gulf Coast for road projects in Senator Steve Clouse’s BP Settlement Bill.
Alabama legislators debated today how to use a $1 billion oil spill settlement with BP, seeking common ground on how much should go to coastal counties and how much should go to paying off state debts and to Medicaid.
Lawmakers are preparing to head back to Montgomery for the remainder of the special session.
Coastal legislators say they’re ready to fight tomorrow to make sure part of the state’s BP oil spill settlement gets to Mobile and Baldwin Counties.
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.