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Attorney General Warns Floridians on accepting Final or Quick Payments from BP


On Friday, Attorney General Bill McCollum issued a consumer advisory warning Floridians about final or quick payments options from BP. Gulf Coast Claims (GCCF) Administrator Kenneth Feinberg announced the GCCF’s next phase which will include three payment options: interim payments, final payments and quick final payments. Claimants accepting of either of the final payment options [...]

December 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Featured,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Oil | Read More »

8,400 square miles of Gulf waters reopen for fishing

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) cleared another 8,403 square miles of Gulf waters for fishing. The area reopened is due south of the Florida/Alabama state line extending west to the Louisiana state water line. This opening leaves just a fraction of the Gulf of Mexico closed to fishing. The area just reopened has [...]

November 16th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Latest news,Local news,Oil | Read More »

Another oil rig explodes in Gulf of Mexico

Mariner Energy Inc. of Houston TX confirmed one of its oil rigs that resides approximately 100 miles off the coast of Louisiana is on fire. All of the crew members survived with one injury reported. The rig services 7 wells producing both oil and natural gas. Crew has reported that the flow was shut off [...]

September 2nd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Local news,Oil | Read More »

Study Gives Indications of Oil Impact on Visitor Travel Intentions


From VisitFlorida.org Given widespread concern about the negative perception of the oil spill’s impact on Florida visitors, VISIT FLORIDA participated in a study conducted by Ypartnership to gauge the near-term travel intentions of select Americans and their awareness and impressions of how Florida has been affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The survey was [...]

August 29th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Oil,Tallahassee | Read More »

Ocean spill damage, “Out of sight, out of mind” mentality


By Valerie J. Amor  7.25.2010 It has been 95 days since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank to the bottom of the Gulf. Admiral Allen on Saturday, July 24 estimated timelines for resuming preparations for the static kill and relief well drilling operations once the equipment is reconnected. “I think probably within 48 hours, [...]

July 26th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Federal Government,Local news,National politics,Oil | Read More »

BP stops oil- for now…

The capping stack being deployed by BP onto the gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to a story posted by the Associated Press, around 3:45 p.m., BP reported that oil had, at least for the time being, stopped gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Watch the live feeds here on BP.com. Right now, BP is conducting testing to determine that the cap isn’t causing undue pressure below it. If [...]

July 15th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Oil | Read More »

Crist responds to Hands Across the Sand with special session on oil drilling

Photo from National Wildlife Federation

Continuing his commitment to recovery efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, Governor Charlie Crist today called a Special Session of the Florida Legislature from July 20, 2010 through July 23, 2010, to address a constitutional amendment banning offshore drilling in Florida waters. This is a logical next step to the repeated calls by local and county [...]

July 8th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Oil,Tallahassee | Read More »

Independence takes on new meaning this Fourth of July

sun house

The Fourth of July is when our country celebrates our independence as a nation, political freedom yet it will be the same day that we will witness our continued dependence on non-renewable energy. President Obama met with bipartisan leaders this past Tuesday to discuss clean energy. Afterward there was an opportunity to chat live with representatives from [...]

July 4th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale | Read More »

NOAA gives 60-80% chance of oil reaching South Florida

Percent of Spill Scenarios that will cause a dull sheen in a given grid as of Day 120 for a 33,000 barrels/day release for 90 days. Source: NOAA

NOAA has used modeling of historical wind and ocean currents to project the likelihood that surface oil from the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill will impact additional U.S. coastline. This modeling, part of NOAA’s comprehensive response to the unprecedented Gulf oil disaster, can help guide the ongoing preparedness, response and cleanup efforts.

July 3rd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Miami,Oil,Palm Beach | Read More »

MMS continues to approve new drilling permits with limited or no environmental review


As more reports about BP, the handling of the oil spill, its equipment, its lack of a safety record continues to dominate the media, it  profiles a company that appears to be as slick and toxic as the oil itself.

June 30th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Oil | Read More »

Broward County League of Cities reaches hands across the sand – join them

Photo by Clay Wieland

On  June 10, 2010 at the Broward  County League of Cities board meeting, a resolution opposing offshore oil drilling passed unanimously. Included in the resolution’s language, it “strongly encourages all elected officials at the City, County and State levels to request the State government to consider enacting legislation including, but not limited to, proposing a state constitutional amendment [...]

June 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Hollywood,Local news,Oil,Pompano Beach | Read More »

Florida’s unemployment down again; 4200 Gulf jobs available

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May 2010 is 11.7 percent.  This represents 1,086,000 jobless out of a labor force of 9,272,000.  The unemployment rate is down 0.3 percentage point from the April rate of 12.0 percent.  This was the second monthly decline in the state’s unemployment rate since February 2006.

June 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Employment,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Oil,Tallahassee | Read More »

Florida Gulf oil spill jobs website launched


Governor Charlie Crist today unveiled Florida Gulf Recovery Jobs, a Web site that allows job seekers to locate and apply for positions created in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Florida Gulf Recovery Jobs, found at www.floridagulfrecoveryjobs.com, is a dedicated portal through Florida’s official online job bank, the Employ Florida Marketplace, currently listing more than [...]

June 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Employment,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Oil,Tallahassee | Read More »

Barack Obama addresses the Nation on the BP Oil Spill

AP Photo: Charles Dharapak

As Prepared for Delivery- Good evening.  As we speak, our nation faces a multitude of challenges.  At home, our top priority is to recover and rebuild from a recession that has touched the lives of nearly every American.  Abroad, our brave men and women in uniform are taking the fight to al Qaeda wherever it [...]

June 15th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Everglades,Federal Government,Film,Fort Lauderdale,International relations,Local news,National politics,Oil | Read More »

Scientists drastically increase estimates on oil gushing in Gulf

The oil spill at the mouth of the Mississippi.

Scientists, for the fifth time, have increased the estimate of how much oil is actually flowing from the Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico. In new estimates released Tuesday, the U.S. government and independent scientists said the spill could go as high as 60,000 barrels a day gushing out of the well.Initially, the [...]

June 15th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Oil | Read More »

Seafood licenses extended, scallop harvest season starts early

Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced on Friday that seafood licenses set to expire on July 1, 2010, are extended and the 2010 recreational harvest season for bay scallops will open nearly two weeks early. “In an effort to continue alleviating the economic distress this oil spill is causing to Florida’s fishing community, we are proud [...]

June 12th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Oil,Tallahassee,marine | Read More »

USGS puts oil estimates at 40,000 barrels a day

From Deepwater Horizon Response External Affairs team: WASHINGTON – Under the direction of National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen, the Flow Rate Technical Group (FRTG), which is led by United States Geological Survey Director Dr. Marcia McNutt, and a scientific team led by Energy Secretary Steven Chu are analyzing new data and bringing together several [...]

June 11th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Oil | Read More »

Crist sets oil plan, gets additional $25 million for BP cleanup; emergency loan program

Governor Charlie Crist today signed a memorandum of understanding with BP, committing an additional $25-million block grant for state preparation and response costs to combat the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The grant follows Governor Crist’s June 3rd request for additional funding from BP to support recovery efforts.

June 10th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Oil,Tallahassee | Read More »

Miami command post for oil opens as Klein questions BP on oil spill

OFF THE LOUISIANA COAST---The Premiere Explorer of Venice, La. stands by near a controlled burn of spilled oil from in the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico June 9. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer First Class John Masson.

Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of the Interior, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and BP started a Florida Peninsula Command Post in Miami Thursday.

June 10th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Oil | Read More »

Wasserman-Schultz on the BP oil spill

oil soaked pelican

Learning From The Oil Spill: How To Move America Forward By Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz As we’ve seen over the last two months, oil is an important, dangerous, and troublesome part of this economy and our lives. The BP oil spill that began in April has shown us the danger of offshore drilling specifically, and [...]

June 10th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Oil | Read More »

Photos tell the story of Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill

Dying heron off Louisiana coastline from BP oil spill.

BP is busy spending millions of dollars to protect its image. With apologetic television ads and using Internet savvy, the company may be spending up to $10,000 a day to pay for “oil” search terms that redirect Google, Yahoo and Bing Web search users to the company’s official website, according to ABC News. BP says it [...]

June 10th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

Obama sends $69 million bill to BP for oil cleanup

From the White House: The Obama Administration today sent a preliminary bill for $69.09 million to BP and other responsible parties for response and recovery operations relating to the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The Administration will continue to bill BP regularly for all associated costs to ensure the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund is reimbursed [...]

June 3rd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

USGS says oil spill closer to 19,000 barrels a day

USGS Director Dr. Marcia McNutt today announced that the National Incident Command’s Flow Rate Technical Group (FRTG) has developed an independent, preliminary estimate of the amount of oil flowing from BP’s leaking oil well. In making the announcement, Dr. McNutt, who is the chair of the FRTG, established by Admiral Thad Allen, the National Incident [...]

May 28th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Local news | Read More »

Operation Clean Ocean on Memorial Day


This event is proudly sponsored by Expand the love http://expandthelove.com/ * This event will be filmed! * by Expect A Miracle Productions On Memorial Day, Monday, May 31st, at North Beach, Sheridan and A-1-A. Please join our South Florida Community as we collectively gather together in a conscious effort to sustain our Oceans Beauty through [...]

May 28th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Culture,Families,Local news | Read More »

HazMat training in Fort Lauderdale, looking for the silver lining in an oily black cloud

hazmat oil cleanup

Click here for updated Hazmat training and job opportunity information. A four hour HazMat class required by OSHA for any organizations or individuals wanting to participate in beach oil spill clean-up will be held at the Broward Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Complex in Fort Lauderdale starting tomorrow, May 24. This training is being organized by The Humane Society [...]

May 25th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

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