Restoration projects begin two years after BP oil spill
Today is the two-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Coastal towns and their residents, not to mention the environment, all suffered from the spill but now measures to correct any wrongs are going into place. U.S. democratic Senator from Florida, Bill Nelson, spearheaded an audit of claimants against BP for damages, and checks to those claimants will be sent out this coming Monday and Tuesday. In the state of Florida alone, close to 4,500 claimants will receive a total of almost 38 million dollars. On the environmental side of the issue, though, an estimated 60 million dollars will now go to the first phase of early restoration projects. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chip Skambis spoke with Trustee for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Mimi Drew about what projects will occur in Florida.
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