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A state-created panel is beginning to award millions that Florida received for damages related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Deadlines Loom For Dozier Memorials, BP Settlement Funds

May 29, 2017
USF DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY

Gov. Rick Scott has until next week to decide on a proposal to create memorials for the victims of the shuttered Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys. He also has one week to act on a measure that will send BP oil-spill settlement money to Northwest Florida counties hard hit by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Oil from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico near Louisiana has sickened fish as far south as Sanibel Island, according to a study by University of South Florida scientists.

As the Tampa Bay Times reports, the USF researchers used computer modeling to show the path of the oil. BP disputes the methodology, and says oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill didn’t make it near Tampa Bay.