oil spill

Wikimedia Commons

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.

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.

A group of Lee County residents met in downtown Fort Myers Tuesday night to stage a mock oil rig spill to draw attention to the risks of fracking and promote the proposed bipartisan legislation that would ban the practice in Florida.


The private board in charge of handing out funds from the BP oil spill is developing its application process. But sparsely populated Gulf Coast counties are worried they could lose out on some of the settlement money.

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
Associated Press

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.

Associated Press

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.