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Restoration projects begin two years after BP oil spill

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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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This November 2010 photo, taken in the Gulf of Mexico, shows an overview of the Mississippi Canyon 294 coral community that was discovered in November, 2010 to have been damaged during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In the foreground is a large colony of the octocoral Paragorgia, with numerous, smaller, yellow Paramuricea coral colonies with symbiotic brittle stars in the background. The photo was taken via a remote operating vehicle (ROV), at 1390 meters (4500 feet) depth, in the Mississippi Canyon 294 lease block, approximately 10 miles from the site of the former Deepwater Horizon and 130 miles southeast of New Orleans, La. (Lophelia II 2010, NOAA OER, and BOEM, via AP)

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