Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Josh Morton

Residents of Wedgewood and surrounding communities are getting action this week in response to their concerns about pollution from nearby construction and debris pits. Specifically, the Rolling Hills Construction and Demolition Debris Disposal Facility is now the focus of a hearing to revoke its state permit.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection opened a four-day Administrative Hearing on Tuesday at the Old Escambia County Courthouse.

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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.

Four years after the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico resulting from the Deepwater Horizon explosion, it appears another year will pass before BP learns how much it will owe under the Clean Water Act.

On Monday, U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines, leading up to the January 20 trial date set by presiding Federal Judge Carl Barbier. The schedule also calls for the trial to end on February 5.

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Pensacola-area residents curious about plans to spend $627 million of BP fine money on Gulf Coast projects can get answers Monday night. Part of that is being sought for an aquaculture operation in Pensacola.

Officials with the State Department of Environmental Protection and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will host the meeting, which kicks off at 6:00 p.m. at the Pensacola Bay Center.
The Early Restoration funds total $27 million for nine projects in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties – $19 million of which is proposed for a fish hatchery in Pensacola.


Cleanup is continuing at a gas plant in Jay, after crude oil spilled from a holding pond early Thursday.

Three barrels of an oil and water mixture, 126 gallons, were released from the Quantum Resources Management facility. Some of it went into a nearby creek, and then into the Escambia River. 

Brandy Smith at the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Pensacola office says responders got the call around 6:30 Thursday morning.