Seven years after the horrific explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, Alabama is the only one of the five allotted Gulf Coast states that has not started spending its portion of the Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE ACT) on improvement projects.
The RESTORE Act was passed in 2012 to director penalties clean water act to help directly affected states apply for with restoration, economic development, tourism promotion, research, etc. types of projects.
via Seven Years Later: Where is the BP Settlement Money?.
Seven years is a long time and for many Alabamians, the shock and horror we felt during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill are painful, but somewhat distant, memories.
Some readers may be under the impression that the restoration process wrapped up years ago or is at least well under way. In reality, it is really just beginning, as the funds from BP’s 2016 settlement became available for the first time this month. Between now and 2031, Alabama will receive approximately $51 million dollars a year, the result of BP’s Oil Pollution Act fines and Clean Water Act civil penalties, which come to us via the RESTORE Act.
via Seven years later, oil spill restoration funds begin to flow to Alabama | AL.com.
After four years of discussing its own rules and policies, the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (AGCRC) has taken a major step in determining which of the hundreds of proposed projects will be funded with BP monies allocated through the RESTORE Act.
Last month, all 10 AGCRC members submitted a list of priority projects, and from more than 200 submissions, 30 received the four votes needed to move on for further evaluation. The projects, valued at a combined $413,775,386, focus on “infrastructure, economic development, tourism or planning assistance” — all areas the council previously agreed to prioritize.
via 30 RESTORE Act projects moving forward – Lagniappe Mobile.
In a five-year plan, $160 million dollars in BP Restore Act money is up for grabs in Mobile and Baldwin counties. The first round of projects is now being vetted through the Gulf Coast Restoration Council. Fairhope is hoping for nearly seven million dollars in funding.
via Fairhope hopes a share of $160 million in BP Restore Act money – FOX10 News | WALA.
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 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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
via The Latest: Nearly $370M oil spill money for 5 Gulf states – FOX10 News | WALA.
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.
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.
via ALDOT to repave beach highway | WPMI.
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.
via Alabama’s bypass to the beach, a ‘top priority’ project, revived with BP money | AL.com.
‘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.
via ‘Deepwater Horizon’ opens nationwide | WPMI.
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.
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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.
via Riveting ‘Deepwater Horizon’ captivates throughout | Things to Do in Tucson | tucson.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
via Judge hears both sides in lawsuit challenging Gulf State Park hotel | AL.com.
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.
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.
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.
via State Auditor Jim Zeigler comments on newly passed BP bill | WPMI.
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.
via AL Governor Signs BP Settlement Bill; What That Means for Gulf Coast Roads.
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.
via Local leaders react to BP oil spill settlement bill | WPMI.
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.
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.
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.
via BP Settlement Bill Passes With Coastal Road Money ; Heads to Governor’s Desk.
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.
via Alabama legislators try again to divvy up $1 billion BP settlement | AL.com.