BP Oil Spill

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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.

BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig on fire in 2010.
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The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is unveiling its plan for 2017 and looking for public feedback.

BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig on fire in 2010.
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Almost seven years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Florida lawmakers are finalizing a settlement plan. There’s still some distance between the house and senate versions, but top lawmakers say a compromise is on the way.

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The Deepwater Horizon oil spill devastated the Gulf Coast, and cost BP a total of $61.2 billion. Now a government council is seeking public input on how some of that money should be spent.

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The Gulf Coast is home to the most endangered sea turtle in the world: the Kemp’s Ridley. The fate of the turtles depends on the region’s coastal wetlands, where tropical storms, and oils spills have taken their toll. Here's a look into the uncertain future of the delicate ecosystem.

BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig on fire in 2010.
US Coast Guard

Eight panhandle counties are hammering out how to spend the next round of RESTORE Act funds from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Walton County hosted officials from seven neighboring counties Monday.

Panama City finished construction on a new stormwater management facility Friday as part of a restoration project put forth by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The project comes as the result of the Deepwater Horizon settlement.

Leon County Schools

The Leon County School Board will take up a proposed settlement with BP for damages related to the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. The settlement will mean the district can’t sue BP for more damages in the future.

Florida will receive at least $3.2 billion  from an $18.7 billion settlement with BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

BP and five Gulf states announced the massive settlement Thursday, resolving years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant's oil spill in 2010.

This oil patty found its way into a bivalve.
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Five years ago, an oil well owned by BP exploded off the Louisiana Coast spilling millions of gallons of oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico. It fouled waters, killed animals and destroyed delicate ecosystems. Florida’s coast line was largely spared from ecological damage, but beneath the pale blue waters of the Gulf, evidence remains. And now, the disaster is being used as a learning experience.