Cleanup is ongoing in the waters off Fort Pickens, of a massive tar mat discovered last Friday. Testing is underway to determine if the oil originated from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
The mat was discovered by a Florida Department of Environmental Protection monitor who looks for leftover oil from the explosion. Working through the weekend, a pollution investigation team funded by BP has removed more than 1,200 pounds of mat, made up of oil, sand, shells and water,according to Lt. Commander Natalie Murphy with the U.S. Coast Guard.
Florida expects to be added to a multi-state federal lawsuit against BP over damages from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, after spending nearly three years unsuccessfully trying to resolve the matter on its own.
The litigation was filed Wednesday in Panama City, by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The idea is to join the existing federal lawsuit now on trial in New Orleans.
After Thursday’s Cabinet meeting, Governor Rick Scott was asked about the timing of entering the case.
The deadline for public comment on 44 projects scheduled for Early Restoration Funding from BP is Wednesday. Environmentalists and public officials are calling on Gulf Coast residents to weigh in. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody sat down with Keith Wilkins, the Director of Community and Environment for Escambia County.