Deepwater Horizon

A Florida group is planning to use settlement money from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill toward projects along the state's gulf coast. It was a collaboration among 23 counties from the panhandle to the Keys.

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A national coalition with deep Florida ties brought its message of supporting offshore oil and natural-gas “exploration” to Tallahassee on Wednesday, as pushback continues against a Trump administration plan that could lead to expanded drilling off the country’s coasts.

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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.

Have you ever wondered what the world actually looked like a billion years ago? A Capital City scientist has helped discover at least a partial answer to that question and that finding has made her an overnight media sensation worldwide.

A study seven years in the making by University of South Florida researchers has created a map of how many species live in the Gulf of Mexico. This will give experts an idea of how much damage would take place from a future oil spill.

Hands Across The Sand

Hundreds of opponents of offshore oil drilling gathered at Florida beaches and held hands.

BP settlement money is headed to new water and sewer lines for an industrial park, technical-education programs in two counties and expansion of the Port of Panama City.

Gov. Rick Scott has about 10 days to sign legislation appropriating money to counties hit by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A settlement deal gives the state about $2 billion over several years.

Lawmakers Sort Out Details Of Oil Spill Money

Oct 21, 2015
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With billions of dollars coming to Florida in reparation for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a Senate panel Tuesday tried to get a better feel for how the money will be spent.

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.

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Researchers from the University of South Florida say there’s oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill lurking underneath the water’s surface about 80 miles off the coast, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The researchers think oil plumes got caught in a major upwelling in the gulf in May 2010, and then moved onto the shelf off Florida’s west coast.

While the globs of oil that littered the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 BP oil spill are no visible,  divers who studied the effect of the crude oil on local marine species say they are still suffering from BP’s mistake, the Tampa Bay Times reports.